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Resource Wars: The New Landscape of Global Conflict With a New Introduction by the Author Paperback – March 13, 2002
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To the extent that these resources are in unstable regions of the world, and many of them are, it poses a problem. The arguments about a convergence of resources, geography, and national self-interests seems to recall Europe of the last century and their "great game" of Middle Eastern conquests or their "Scramble for Africa." Some of the objectives are the same - oil and gems - but mostly the resources in question are simply essential to basic national existence - food and water. Klare's analysis is penetrating and supported with tables. His data seems to point to an inevitable conflict between Israel, Jordan, and Syria over the River Jordans' outflow. Similar population pressures impact the Nile, and Egypt's relations with its neighbors.
In contrast to the plausible and much more likely scenarios as portrayed here, shallow arguments such as Samuel Huntington's CLASH OF CIVILIZATIONS are enjoying post September 11th renewed sales. Huntington has seemingly identified the problem, but many persons recognize his analysis as superficial and too generalized and his clash was never originally about terrorism. More to the point is the type of collapsed-state, money-laundering financed type of conflicts involving diamonds which Klare identifies as taking place in Sierra Leone and Angola. Here we have an intersection of Western corporate interests, strategic resources and local political considerations.Read more ›
He covers oil in particular, energy in more general terms (to my disappointment, not breaking natural gas out from oil, a very relevant distinction for commodities brokers), water, minerals, and timber. His footnotes are quite satisfactory and strike a very fine balance--unusually good--between policy, military, and academic or industry sources.
Sadly, I believe that this book, as with Laurie Garrett's book on the collapse of public health, will be ignored by the ...Administration, which appears to have decided that real war is only between states, that energy is something to be increased, not moderated in use, and that real men do not concern themselves with ethnic conflict, small wars, or scarcity of any sort in the Third World.
As I reflect on this book, and its deep discussion of the details of existing and potential resources wars (it includes a very fine illustrative appendix of oil and natural gas conflicts, all current), I contemplate both my disappointment that the author and publisher did not choose to do more with geospatial visualization--a fold out map of the world with all the points plotted in color would have been an extraordinary value--and the immediate potential value of adding the knowledge represented by this book on resources and the Garrett book on public health threats--to the World Conflict & Human Rights Map 2000 published by PIOOM at Leiden University in The Netherlands.Read more ›
Finally, if one combines this book with Daniel Yergin's "The Prize", an in-depth history of the oil industry, and Robert Pelton's "The World's Most Dangerous Places", then one can quickly grasp the role that natural resouces, both in the past and present, has played in international relations.
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Came in great condition and it was affordable. Unfortunately, the book contents were not for me, but that doesn't affect the rating of the book. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Aleyda Marquez
Conflicts over natural resources have become a major feature of globalization. Their interrelations with ethnic, religious and tribal hostilities are foundations for much regional... Read morePublished on March 25, 2014 by V.H. Amavilah
This is one of the best reading materials on the topic.
Though a little dated, no other book covers the issue in such a clear manner. Read more
This could have been an article. Includes more detail than required for an enjoyable read. Also a bit dated. OK.Published on March 25, 2013 by Kindle Customer
I have been following the issue of resource depletion for a while now. I believe it to be the ultimate theme until the end of time/after the collapse of the global population. Read morePublished on May 9, 2012 by SilverMalthusian
Michael Klare showed how resource competition and scarcity has always been one of the major causes of wars. Read morePublished on December 17, 2011 by Afia