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Humanity largely depends on energy usage as technology advances. More energy definitely equals more power in today’s world.  However, the nature unjustly distributed energy resources around the earth that obligates some countries to acquire privileges in energy industry using capital and political influence. Europe and US succeeded politic advancement in areas with large oil reserves by colonization. Their influence in such areas spread through and sustained by autocracy ruled by hypocrites over a few decades. Autocratic hypocrites served well for the west until they became useless as the folks asked for revolution. The scenario is as simple as the west intervening to overthrow the dictators and ending the turbulence. In the past, there was always a new servant hypocrite coming to power once the old one was toppled, however, nowadays; the incumbents have to pass through a few critical international tests since there is a notable increase in the number of influencers.

It is clear that political incitation require long term and contingency planning. Developed countries are aware of the benefits of future planning and always prefer staying ahead comparing to those who are on the developing stage or yet to develop. Hence, the world meets “The Energy Game” that comes out as the successful future planning. Every country has a share from this game no matter how large of reserves they have. The biggest players in the game can be named as EU (as the consumer), US (consumer & seller), and Russia (seller). China might be added but their worldwide reputation and presence seems to be a follower more than a political influencer. OPEC can be considered as the producer but its political efficiency seems to be unnoticeable.

Europe along with its own natural resources has been a royal customer to Russia with large gas reserves. However, Russia’s unpredictable political affairs (especially what it did in Ukraine) disturb EU’s dependency on Russian gas. An alternative (perhaps alternatives) to Russian gas is inevitable for Europe and its copartner US. American intervention in Iraq started the long and painful journey in the Middle East. The Arab Spring rising from Tunisia would eventually hit Syria. Modern democratic governments to provide good deeds for EU and US would replace the autocratic ones in the region. Arab Spring theory worked well until rebellious acts took place in Syria. Being economically imbalanced and only having partial success in Iraq (in general, limited to Kurdish Region in Northern Iraq) restrained US from practicing a similar military engagement in Syria. To overthrow Assad, they furnished the opposition groups instead. However, Iran and Russia with some help from China interrupted the idea of dismantling Syria and kept the Assad’s regime alive.

by Necdet Karakurt


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