It’s all about the oil…

by Nathan Hamm on 3/10/2005 · 4 comments

Yesterday it was Canada and South Korea. We should forget that India wants a piece of the action in Central Asia’s energy exploitation opportunities.

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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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Ben March 10, 2005 at 12:25 pm

So, the “New Great Game” still kicking?

Nathan March 10, 2005 at 1:14 pm

My title was tongue in cheek of course (well, for those who know me anyway). I think that oil-centric discussions of international politics are hopelessly simplistic and tend to incredibly misjudge the full portfolio of interests at play (esp. with the US–which I think is often the target of projection by European critics).

Ben March 10, 2005 at 1:57 pm

Hehe, I alleged so.

Well, I am not entirely convinced by the theory put forward by many here either. It has some valid points, but one shouldn’t forget that it’s first and foremost about hard cash, not geopolitics.

Robert March 10, 2005 at 8:31 pm

Next they’ll be chanting “No democracy for oil!”

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