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The Changing Geopolitics of Energy

| Nov. 01, 2017

In 2008, when the United States' National Intelligence Council (NIC) published its volume Global Trends 2025, a key prediction was tighter energy competition. Chinese demand was growing, and non-OPEC sources like the North Sea were being depleted. After two decades of low and relatively stable prices, oil prices had soared to more than $100 per barrel in 2006. Many experts spoke of "peak oil" — the idea that reserves had "topped off" — and anticipated that production would become concentrated in the low-cost but unstable Middle East, where even Saudi Arabia was thought to be fully explored, with no more giant fields likely to be found....

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For Academic Citation: Nye, Joseph S.“The Changing Geopolitics of Energy.” Project Syndicate, November 1, 2017.