The New Great Game: Oil and Gas Politics in Central Eurasia
The title, 'The New Great Game' says it all. It is the epic quest of energy resources in the oil and gas rich Caspian-Caucasus Region under several pretexts and seemingly ethical slogans. This book gives the historic as well as the modern day profiles of the undercurrents that are becoming a complex issue to visualize. The end of the oil supply, likely to grip the world around mid-century, haunts the developed and developing worlds on which their might sustains. Without Oil, these economies will fall like a house of cards. Regional, extra-regional and distant actors have committed themselves in several modes. Geo-strategic incentives in some cases and geo-political in others, make it no longer a 'Tournament of Shadows' as a few Russian experts had designated the 'Great Game' of the 19th Century between two world powers in Central Eurasia. The major actors are the same more or less, with the addition of a few minor ones. An elaborate exposition of geo-political and geo-strategic maneuvers thwarts the over optimistic view about the nonexistence of 'The New Great Game.' If this book contributes one iota to let the world know that sleeping by a monster on Mr. Brzezinski's 'grand chess board', assuming that it did not exist, is not a remedy, it would be a matter of worthwhile solace. One would hope that the makes of modern strategies and the executioners would heed to the message alike that this book conveys.
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