Even more on the Caspian

by Nathan Hamm on 8/21/2003

Even more on the Caspian and Why it’s not all about oil
I didn’t even know whe had an Energy Information Administration, but they have a fabulous backgrounder on the Caspian region and the legal issues involved in the disputes.
Great maps too. With a little glance, I’d hope that any reasonable
person would draw the same conclusion that the Center for Defense
Information did, there’s not enough oil to be of significant strategic interest to the US beyond diversifying non-OPEC sources. At most, the entire region
could reach Venezuela’s production it is thought.
I really hate hearing the extremely simplistic argument that
Afghanistan was all about oil–I’m smart enough that people need to
whip out something a little more convincing than that on me. Really, if
involvement in Central Asia was all about oil, I would think we’d have
a few more than 10,000 troops in Afghanistan.

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Nathan is the founder and Principal Analyst for Registan, which he launched in 2003. He was a Peace Corps Volunteer in Uzbekistan 2000-2001 and received his MA in Central Asian Studies from the University of Washington in 2007. Since 2007, he has worked full-time as an analyst, consulting with private and government clients on Central Asian affairs, specializing in how socio-cultural and political factors shape risks and opportunities and how organizations can adjust their strategic and operational plans to account for these variables. More information on Registan's services can be found here, and Nathan can be contacted via Twitter or email.

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