Energy Geopolitics


To be updated

Energy geopolitics refers to the study of national security and international politics in the context of the global energy scene. The world today is marked by a number of factors affecting the international energy market. Key factors include instability in oil-producing regions due to domestic, regional and international factors, the rise of national oil companies, resource nationalism, reserve depletion among traditional suppliers, and the opening of new sea routes, to name a few. Energy security is regarded as an integral part of a state’s political and economic survival. It is important for policy-makers to understand how energy diplomacy, resource competition and unfolding developments in the energy markets shape the behaviour of states, and the implications for the international system and regional orders.

Recent and ongoing projects in this track have been at both the regional and global scale, though always with a focus on the implications for Singapore and the Asian region.

Over-Arching Questions

  • What are the major global and regional energy developments and their geopolitical implications for Singapore and Asia?
  • What are the key drivers of energy competition and cooperation in Asia and how do they affect regional stability?
  • How will geopolitical and energy market developments affect energy competition and cooperation dynamics in Asia?