The dynamics of energy geopolitics in the Gulf and Qatar’s Foreign relations with East Asia

Remi Piet, Steven Wright

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Abstract

Five GCC countries have developed shortages of natural gas, while Qatar possesses the third largest reserves of natural gas globally, and yet no meaningful GCC-wide gas network exists. Qatar’s commercially grounded energy policy together with a reluctance to enter into an energy-dependent status with a close neighbour understandably favours high East Asian above the discounted rate demanded by GCC states. As a result, natural gas geopolitics has prompted Qatar to take on a global energy policy resulting in an increased integration with Asian states. The focus of this paper is to assess the dynamics of the regional energy market of the GCC, how existing tensions foster Qatar’s increased interconnectivity with East Asia, and the resulting impact on traditional international alliances with Europe and North America.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationEnergy Relations and Policy Making in Asia
PublisherSpringer Singapore
Pages161-179
Number of pages19
ISBN (Electronic)9789811010941
ISBN (Print)9789811010934
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2016
Externally publishedYes

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ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Economics, Econometrics and Finance(all)
  • Business, Management and Accounting(all)

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Piet, R., & Wright, S. (2016). The dynamics of energy geopolitics in the Gulf and Qatar’s Foreign relations with East Asia. In Energy Relations and Policy Making in Asia (pp. 161-179). Springer Singapore. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-981-10-1094-1_9