17.906 / 17.951 Reading Seminar in Social Science: The Geopolitics and Geoeconomics of Global Energy

Spring 2007

Gas flares over the Orashi River, Nigeria.
Gas flares over the Orashi River, Nigeria. (Image courtesy of E. Sandercock.)

Course Highlights

This course features selected lecture notes and extensive readings about oil and gas producing regions of the world.

Course Description

This course focuses on strategic and political implications of ongoing trends in global energy markets, particularly markets for crude oil and natural gas. The course examines the world's major oil and natural gas producing regions: the Middle East, the Caspian Region, Russia, Venezuela, and the North Sea. Producer-consumer relationships are considered for China, India, Japan, and the United States. United States foreign policy implications, especially with respect to China, are discussed.

Recommended Citation

For any use or distribution of these materials, please cite as follows:

Flynt Leverett and Paul Staniland, course materials for 17.906 Reading Seminar in Social Science: The Geopolitics and Geoeconomics of Global Energy, Spring 2007. MIT OpenCourseWare (http://ocw.mit.edu), Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Downloaded on [DD Month YYYY].

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Staff

Instructors:
Prof. Flynt Leverett
Paul Staniland

Course Meeting Times

Lectures:
One session / week
3 hours / session

Discussions:
One session / week
1 hour / session

Level

Undergraduate / Graduate