Summary of Rising Powers, Shrinking Planet

The New Geopolitics of Energy

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Rising Powers, Shrinking Planet book summary
Discover who will be the next century’s superpowers. Hint: Oil will replace military might.


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Oil and other energy resources are the flashpoints of modern world politics, and they will be at the center of future conflicts. Author Michael Klare analyzes energy politics from a global perspective, presenting his points methodically, from continents to nations to oil companies, eventually working his way down to the pipeline routes that deliver the oil and natural gas to consuming nations. Although, because of this structure, the book at times reads like an almanac, the minutiae do not diminish the importance of the story Klare tells. getAbstract recommends this book to oil industry executives and other serious students of petropolitics.

In this summary, you will learn

  • How “petrosuperpowers” are reshaping world politics
  • What the geopolitics of oil are
  • Which oil companies are benefiting from this transition


The Emergence of “Petrosuperpowers”
The world is engaged in an international power struggle over energy, and the competing national interests of developed and developing nations will eventually result in the emergence of a new world energy order. Rising demand and shrinking resources will...
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About the Author

Michael T. Klare is the author of 13 books, including Blood and Oil and Resource Wars. A contributor to Harpers, Foreign Affairs and the Los Angeles Times, he is the defense analyst for The Nation and the director of the Five College Program in Peace and World Security Studies at Hampshire College.

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