Energy Security

Authored by: Robert W. Orttung

Routledge Handbook of Security Studies

Print publication date:  July  2016
Online publication date:  July  2016

Print ISBN: 9781138803930
eBook ISBN: 9781315753393
Adobe ISBN: 9781317620921


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Oil price volatility, fears of instability in the Middle East, Russia, Venezuela, and other energy-producing regions, rapidly changing technology, and concerns about global warming have moved energy security to the top of the international political agenda. Oil in particular has evolved from being the world’s most important traded commodity to a powerful tool in the political and economic relations among countries: whether a country produces oil and gas for the global market or must rely on fuel imports, energy helps define its position in international politics.

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