Watch: The Richard G. Lugar Institute Expert Neil Brown Testifying on the Emerging Threat of Resource Wars
House Subcommittee Hearing: Emerging Threat of Resource Wars
Subcommittee on Europe, Eurasia, and Emerging Threats | 2172 House Rayburn Office Building Washington, DC 20515 | Jul 25, 2013 10:00am
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Testimony for the House Committee on Foreign Affairs, Subcommittee on Europe, Eurasia and Emerging Threats
In broad terms, Central Asian energy is the playing field for two major forces. China, in its global quest for the raw materials necessary to fuel economic growth, uses its financial clout to access Central Asia's natural gas. Russia wants power of a different type. It seeks to maintain its dominance over export routes for Central Asian oil and gas in order to maintain political influence in the region and in Europe.
The Ukraine crisis has once again trumpeted European vulnerability brought by over-dependence on Russian gas. Russian aggression, added to its gas supply posturing and actions more akin to blackmail than trade, demonstrate that it cannot be considered a reliable partner in developing mutual energy security.