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The Changing Dynamics of Energy in the Middle East
The Changing Dynamics of Energy in the Middle East
By Anthony Cordesman and Khalid R. al-Rodhan
Praeger Security International, 2006, 488 pp.

Drawing heavily on work by the U.S. Department of Energy and the International Energy Agency, as well as other sources, the authors have produced a handbook on the export of oil and gas from the Middle East and North Africa. Projections of world demand for oil -- made out to 2030 by the IEA -- suggest a noteworthy increase in world dependence on oil from the Persian Gulf (or the Arabian Gulf, as some countries call it) and the need for significant increases in oil production in the Middle East and North Africa. The authors provide an overview of the demographic, economic, military, and political outlook in the first three chapters, followed by a detailed country-by-country (from Algeria to Yemen) examination of the decision-making processes, economic trends, oil- and gas-field developments, and plans for investment in the production and export of oil and gas. This is a highly informative, fact-filled reference on a topic of global importance.