Butts: Geopolitics of Resource Scarcity

From the Introduction:

Geopolitics refers to the relationship of geographical settings to political processes. The diversity and scale of the geography are important variables in the exercise of political power. Resources vary markedly in occurrence, giving rise to global patterns of trade and creating vulnerability to supply cutoff. National leaders should be aware of the occurrence of strategically important resources within their borders, understand which of these are critically important to sustain human and state security, and develop policies to achieve sufficiency from domestic or international sources. This paper addresses resource geopolitics, offers some examples, and provides concepts for reducing import vulnerability in an era of rising resource-focused policies by Russia and China.


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