Secure Oil and Alternative Energy

The Geopolitics of Energy Paths of China and the European Union

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Secure Oil and Alternative Energy: The Geopolitics and Energy Paths of China and the European Union is the follow-on study to the well-received The Globalization of Energy: China and the European Union (Brill 2010). While intensive cooperation between China and the EU in the fields of energy use, environmental protection, and sustainability is highly needed, the question remains unanswered how this cooperation could be organized. Since the proven gas and oil reserves lay outside China and the EU, they are both facing geopolitical challenges to energy security in the foreseeable future. This volume puts the geopolitical implementation of China’s and the EU’s energy security into the context of (a) geo-economic systems in a global scale including the Central Eurasian, the Middle East and Africa hydrocarbon energy complex and (b) the emergence of a geo-economic energy network spreading from China to Western Europe. The edited volume consists of 14 high-quality papers on topics announced in the title of the volume: the geo-politics of energy-supply security, alternative sources of energy, energy transition and, at the global level, energy governance.

Prof. Dr. Helwig Schmidt-Glintzer,
Director Herzog August Bibliothek Wolfenbüttel,
Forschungs-und Studienstätte für Europäische Kulturgeschichte
Germany
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Biographical Note

M. Parvizi Amineh Ph.D. (Political Sciences, University of Amsterdam), is Director of the Energy Programme Asia (EPA) at the International Institute for Asian Studies (IIAS), Leiden. He is also Adjunct Professor of International Relations at Webster University, Leiden, and member of the Amsterdam Institute for Social Science Research, University of Amsterdam. He is the author and editor of 11 books including topics on Energy, International relations, Asian and Middle East Politics.


Yang Guang is Director-General of the Institute of West-Asian and African Studies (IWAAS) of CASS, Beijing, China, President of the Chinese Associations of Middle East Studies, Executive President of the Chinese Society of African Studies, and editor-in-chief of the academic journal West Asia and Africa. He has conducted research on the Middle East and Africa as well as on international energy security over the past 30 years.

Review Quote

While intensive cooperation between China and the EU in the fields of energy use, environmental protection and sustainability is highly needed the question remains unanswered how this cooperation could be organized. Since the proven gas and oil reserves lie outside China and the EU they are both facing geopolitical challenges to energy security in the foreseeable future. This volume puts the geopolitical implementation of China’s and the EU’s energy security into the context of (a) geo-economic systems in a global scale including the Central Eurasian, the Middle East and Africa hydrocarbon energy complex and (b) the emergence of a geo-economic energy network spreading from China to Western Europe. The contributions to this volume are providing substantial insight into the political implications of the growing energy need of China and other emerging powers and the implications for international energy supply arrangements. Contributions in the second part deal with the potential of renewable energy and the need for global energy governance.

Prof. Dr. Helwig Schmidt-Glintzer, Director
Herzog August Bibliothek Wolfenbüttel
Forschungs-und Studienstätte für Europäische Kulturgeschichte
Germany

Table of contents

Acknowledgments
List of contributors
Maps, tables and figures
List of abbreviations


1. Introduction - China’s and the European Union’s energy security challenges in the twenty-first century, M. Parvizi Amineh and Yang Guang


PART ONE: GEOPOLITICS, GEO-ECONOMY AND ENERGY

2. The Central Eurasian hydrocarbon energy complex:
From Central Asia to Central Europe, Robert M. Cutler

3. Competing for Caspian energy resources: Russia’s and China’s energy (foreign) policies and the implications for the EU’s energy security, Frank Umbach

4. Elite change and foreign policy in Iran since the presidency of Ahmadinejad: Relations with the US, the EU and China, Eva Patricia Rakel

5. China’s energy foreign policy towards Iran: Domestic factors and geopolitical challenges, Yu Guoqing

6. China’s energy foreign policy towards the Caspian Region: The case of Kazakhstan, Zhao Huirong and Wu Hongwei

7. Energy ties and the China-Angola strategic partnership, Chen Mo

8. Energy cooperation between China and Latin America: The case of Venezuela, Sun Hongbo

9. Japan’s energy security policy towards Iran (1979- 2010), Raquel Shaoul


PART TWO: RENEWABLE ENERGY AND SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT

10. Energy transition governance paradigms and their impact on green innovation processes, Daniel Scholten

11. Development characteristics of the solar energy industry and related policies in China, Li Xiaohua

12. The Brazilian biofuel industry: Achievements and geopolitical challenges, Mairon G. Bastos Lima

13. Slowing down China’s hydropower development: Problems of pricing, resettlement and ecology, Eduard B. Vermeer

14. . Global energy governance in the twenty-first century: Challenges and opportunities, Joyeeta Gupta

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Readership

All those interested in energy, especially security challenges and policy responses, geopolitics, the development of renewables, EU-Chinese relations, as well as political scientists and policy makers.

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