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Oil and World Politics
The real story of today's conflict zones: Iraq, Afghanistan, Venezuela, Ukraine and more

By (author) John Foster

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Power, politics and petroleum all go together.

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JOHN FOSTER is an energy economist who has worked for 40 years in policy and economic issues relating to infrastructure and petroleum. While working at the World Bank, the Inter-American Development Bank, Petro-Canada and BP group, he witnessed first-hand the impact petroleum geopolitics in more than 30 countries around the world. Today he gives talks on petroleum rivalries and conflicts at universities and trade union and public meetings across Canada. He is the author of the research paper A Pipeline Through a Troubled Land, published by the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives, and contributor to the book Afghanistan and Canada: Is there an Alternative to War? He lives in Kingston, Ontario.

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"Oil and World Politics is essential reading for anyone wanting not only a round-up, but also a behind-the-scenes exposé of the players and pundits in what Foster rightly calls the Petroleum Game. He outlines in fascinating and frightening detail the history, geography and culture behind the biggest game of Risk we'll ever play."

Unpublished endorsement

"One point made in the first chapter of John Foster's riveting book immediately caught my eye — that when it comes to the geopolitics of oil and gas, members of NATO "sing from the same hymn sheet". I saw this up close in my 15 years of work developing training exercises for senior NATO commanders. Ostensibly a "peace support" or "stabilization" operation, there was always an energy component to "defend". But this vital driver of so many of the world's conflicts, and in particular, of western military interventions, is rarely if ever part of our public discourse. John Foster's invaluable book changes all that. This is a must-read for anyone seeking a deeper understanding of global conflict and its potential resolution."

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