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Energy Security Challenges for the 21st Century A Reference Handbook

ISBN-10: 0275999971

ISBN-13: 9780275999971

Edition: 2009

Authors: Anne Korin, Gal Luft

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The impact of energy on global security and economy is clear and profound, and this is why in recent years energy security has become a source of concern to most countries. The impact of energy on global security and economy is clear and profound, and this is why in recent years energy security has become a source of concern to most countries. However, energy security means different things to different countries based on their geographic location, their endowment of resources their strategic and economic conditions. Luft and Korin contend that in order to enhance global energy security consumers, producers and transit countries must create multinational mechanisms of collaboration and risk mitigation, which take into consideration the concerns of each player in the complex energy system. To strengthen the system further, they argue, each country must adopt domestic policies that emphasize diversification of energy sources and optimal utilization of both domestic as well as imported energy resources.The impact of energy on global security and economy is clear and profound, and this is why in recent years energy security has become a source of concern to most countries. The impact of energy on global security and economy is clear and profound, and this is why in recent years energy security has become a source of concern to most countries. However, energy security means different things to different countries based on their geographic location, their endowment of resources their strategic and economic conditions. Luft and Korin contend that in order to enhance global energy security consumers, producers and transit countries must create multinational mechanisms of collaboration and risk mitigation, which take into consideration the concerns of each player in the complex energy system. To strengthen the system further, they argue, each country must adopt domestic policies that emphasize diversification of energy sources and optimal utilization of both domestic as well as imported energy resources.This work provides an overview of the world's energy system and its vulnerabilities that underlay growing concern over energy security. It hosts a debate about the feasibility of resource conflicts and covers issues that so far have received little attention in the literature such as the threat of terrorism to the global energy system, the real cost of imported oil, the role of multinationals and non-state actors in energy security, the pathways to energy security through diversification of sources and the development of alternative energy sources. It then delves into the various approaches selected producers, consumers and transit states have toward energy security and examines the domestic and foreign policy tradeoffs required to ensure safe and affordable energy supply. The book then proceeds to explain the various pathways to energy security and the tradeoffs among them and demonstrates how all these factors can be integrated in a larger foreign and domestic policy framework. It also explores the newly emerging debates on peak oil, the economic viability of non-conventional petroleum and alternative fuels, the complex relations between energy security and environmental concerns and the role for decentralized energy as a way to enhance energy security.
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Book details

List price: $66.00
Copyright year: 2009
Publisher: ABC-CLIO, LLC
Publication date: 8/10/2009
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 372
Size: 6.50" wide x 9.50" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 1.958

Preface
Abbreviations
Energy Security: In the Eyes of the Beholder
The Epidemic of Energy Terrorism
Troubled Waters: Energy Security as Maritime Security
There Will Be Blood: Political Violence, Regional Warfare, and the Risk of Great-Power Conflict over Contested Energy Sources
No Blood for Oil: Why Resource Wars Are Obsolete
OPEC: An Anatomy of a Cartel
Russia: The Flawed Energy Superpower
Energy Security in the Caspian Basin
Latin America: America's Forgotten Energy Barn
United States: A Shackled Superpower
The European Union: On Energy, Disunity
Japan: The Power of Efficiency
Jia You! (Add Oil!): Chinese Energy Security Strategy
India: Addicted to Coal
Squaring the U.S.-Africa-China Energy Triangle: The Path from Competition to Cooperation
Turkey: A Case of a Transit State
NATO's Grapple with Energy Security
Liquefied Natural Gas: The Next Prize?
Technological Solutions for Energy Security
A Nuclear Renaissance?
The Decentralized Energy Paradigm
Balancing Energy Security and the Environment
Realism and Idealism in the Energy Security Debate
Index
About the Contributors