The Newsletter 45 Autumn 2007

The 'Great Game' continued: Central Eurasia and Caspian Region fossil fuels

Xuetang GuoMehdi Amineh

<p>Can economic growth in the industrialised world, and burgeoning industrialisation in the developing world, continue without access to fossil fuels? The short answer is no, because the survival of societies, and thus states, depends on economic dynamism and technological innovation, which are impossible without access to raw materials and fossil fuels. This is why, since the disintegration of the Soviet Union, the vast gas and oil reserves of the Caspian Region have become the object of the latest phase of the &lsquo;Great Game&rsquo;.</p>