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A thorough reordering of global power structures is now in the making. Major powers now compete for exclusive rights to long-term secure energy supplies, including rising powers such as Brazil, Russia, India, and China. The industrial Western countries that belong to the International Energy Agency (IEA) no longer share a common strategic approach. And the free market mechanism of major exploration and production of oil by giant private corporate investors is now falling far short of both short- and long-term demand.

Thus the globalization of the oil market, from exploration to processing to transport and supply, is experiencing new interstate frictions between major and rising powers. The market is also becoming increasingly vulnerable to more nontraditional threats from various nonstate actors and secular economic trends. Increased conflict that involves the supply of oil in some way is possible at both the state and nonstate levels, and these two types of conflict may even coalesce and connect in yet unforeseen ways.


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The global order is changing. The 21st Century will be marked by many competing sources of global power. Across politics, economics, culture, military strength and more, a new group of countries have growing influence over the future of the world:



South Africa
European Union

South Korea


Other Countries

Big issues are also playing a cross-cutting role in this changing global order:


Nuclear Nonproliferation
Nonstate Actors

Global/Regional Systems

And this changing global order has implications for the United States.

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