INAF-414 Geopolitics of Energy in Asia
Spring for 2017-2018
This course examines the key energy challenges facing Asian nations, as well as their geopolitical and strategic implications. Since the locus of global energy demand has shifted from Western industrial countries to Asian countries, access to and control over future energy resources has become a major priority for key economies in Asia. Key energy-importing nations such as China, India, Japan, and Korea have strategic reasons to enhance energy security through diversification of supply sources and transit routes. The course begins with three sessions that identify Asian energy security as an essential element of foreign and economic policies within the changing landscape of global energy markets. Six subsequent sessions then explore how China, India, Korea, Japan, and Southeast Asia shape their energy policies to cope with challenges in the areas of oil, natural gas, climate change, renewable energy, and nuclear power development. The following four sessions investigate four case studies of energy-related projects involving companies and governments from multiple nations in Asia.
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