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Discussions Discussion Global Geopolitics
Steurt Strickland, Dec. 23, 2011

Oil and geopolitics: a turbulent year, and no end in sight

Kazakhstan unrest — violence in the western city of Zhanaozen in which some 14 protesting oil workers were killed — caps an extraordinarily turbulent year in the world’s oil regions.

The distribution of power has been shaken up in the Magreb countries of Egypt, Libya and Tunisia, and violence continues to threaten the rulers of Syria and Yemen.

Saudi Arabia is spending some $130 billion to stave off its own public dissatisfaction.

In Russia, Prime Minister Vladimir Putin’s seemingly unassailable hold on power has been challenged by a botched decision to return to the Kremlin, and a rigged parliamentary election.

All in all, the uprisings have helped to push annual average oil prices to their highest level in history, exceeding $100 a barrel.

Look for the global turbulence to continue well into next year… good analysis at the URL:

http://oilandglory.foreignpolicy.com/posts/2011/12/22/oil_and_geopolitics_a_turbulent_year_and_no_end_in_sight

This week’s eyewitness video of police killing and beating of protesting Kazakhstan oil workers

http://youtube.com/watch?NR=1&feature=endscreen&v=XKXzcylIjPE
Steurt Strickland
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Discussions Discussion Global Geopolitics
Ria Deamonte, Dec. 20, 2011

Richard Weitz, the Director of the Center for Political-Military Analysis at the Hudson Institute, says that the US government has concerns over a power struggle following Kim Jong-il’s death on Monday, which could seriously affect geopolitical relations for all major powers in the world.

http://youtube.com/watch?v=XGcA7hLkSxA
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Discussions Discussion Global Geopolitics
Steve Durgan, Nov. 24, 2011

On Nov. 17th, Washington announced the creation of the new Bureau of Energy Resources within the U.S. State Department. The geopolitical aspects of the oil and natural gas sector have a direct impact on the economic interest of the United States. The task of the new bureau is to address foreign policy, security and economic issues related to oil and gas over the next 25 years.

http://www.upi.com/Business_News/Energy-Resources/2011/11/17/US-ties-geopolitics-to-energy/UPI-60771321542985/?spt=hs&or=er

Here’s a summary of one of the leading books on the Geopolitics of Energy:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2-BHy97B-nU
Steve Durgan
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