Authors: A Wenger,

Energy and the Transformation of International Relations, Toward a New Producer-Consumer Framework

Global energy relations between producers and consumers are evolving with the end of the era of cheap energy, rising demand in Asia, and greater awareness of global warming. The changing situation will have a powerful impact on relations between energy producers in the Middle East, Russia, Latin America, and Africa, and traditional consumers in the US and Europe as new consumers in China and India enter the stage. This book provides a comprehensive analysis of what these changes in the energy sphere mean for international politics. It argues that while conflict over resources is possible, there are numerous possibilities for cooperation, including in the spheres of increased efficiency and alternative sources of fuel.


1.      Introduction

a)      The Changing International Energy System and its Implications for Cooperation in International Politics

b)      Changing Markets, Politics, and Perceptions: Dealing with Energy (Inter-) Dependencies

c)      Changing Energy Use Patterns: Increasing Efficiency, Adopting Alternative Sources

2.      Producers

a)      How secure are Middle East Oil Supplies?

b)      Russia’s Role for Global Energy Security

c)      Africa in the Context of Oil Supply Geopolitics

d)     Energy Security in Latin America

3.      Consumers

a)      The USA: The Key Global Driver

b)      Energy Challenges for Europe

c)      Fuelling the Dragon: China’s Energy Prospects and International Implications

d)     India’s Quest for Energy

4.      Conclusion

a)      Towards a More Sustainable Global Energy System: Integrating Deman-side and Supply-side Policies