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

As taught in: Spring 2007

Photo showing canoes on a river with smoke in the background.

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


Undergraduate / Graduate


Prof. Flynt Leverett

Paul Staniland

Course Features

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.