The Quest

The Quest Author Daniel Yergin
ISBN-10 9781101563700
Release 2011-09-20
Pages 832
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This long-awaited successor to Daniel Yergin’s Pulitzer Prize-winning The Prize provides an essential, overarching narrative of global energy, the principal engine of geopolitical and economic change A master storyteller as well as a leading energy expert, Daniel Yergin continues the riveting story begun in his Pulitzer Prize–winning book, The Prize. In The Quest, Yergin shows us how energy is an engine of global political and economic change and conflict, in a story that spans the energies on which our civilization has been built and the new energies that are competing to replace them. The Quest tells the inside stories, tackles the tough questions, and reveals surprising insights about coal, electricity, and natural gas. He explains how climate change became a great issue and leads readers through the rebirth of renewable energies, energy independence, and the return of the electric car. Epic in scope and never more timely, The Quest vividly reveals the decisions, technologies, and individuals that are shaping our future.

The Chinese State Oil and Energy Security

The Chinese State  Oil and Energy Security Author M. Taylor
ISBN-10 9781137350558
Release 2014-04-23
Pages 218
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Monique Taylor analyses the policy rationale and institutional underpinnings of China's state-led or neomercantilist oil strategy, and its development, set against the wider context of economic transformation as the country transitions from a centrally planned to market economy.

Security and Profit in China s Energy Policy

Security and Profit in China s Energy Policy Author Øystein Tunsjø
ISBN-10 9780231535434
Release 2013-10-29
Pages 336
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China has developed sophisticated hedging strategies for managing the international petroleum market, maintaining a favorable energy mix, pursuing overseas equity oil production, building a state-owned tanker fleet and strategic petroleum reserve, establishing cross-border pipelines, and diversifying its energy resources and routes. Though it cannot be "secured," China's energy security can be "insured" by marrying government concern with commercial initiatives. This book identifies the interrelationship between security and profit that better describes China's energy-security policy.

China s Energy Security

China s Energy Security Author Giulia C Romano
ISBN-10 9781317428565
Release 2016-06-10
Pages 272
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A secure supply of energy is essential for all nations, to sustain their economy, and indeed their very survival. This subject is especially important in the case of China, as China’s booming economy and consequent demand for energy is affecting the whole world, and in turn potentially driving realignments in international relations. Moreover, as this book argues, energy security should be considered more broadly, to include issues of sustainability, environmental protection and the domestic organisation of energy policy and energy supply. This book presents a comprehensive picture of China’s energy security. It covers all energy sectors – coal, oil, gas, renewables; international relations with all major sources of energy supply – the Middle East, Central Asia, Africa; and key areas of domestic policy making and supply.

The Devouring Dragon

The Devouring Dragon Author Craig Simons
ISBN-10 9781250023186
Release 2013-03-12
Pages 304
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China's rise is assaulting the natural world at an alarming rate. In a few short years, China has become the planet's largest market for endangered wildlife, its top importer of tropical trees, and its biggest emitter of greenhouse gases. Its rapid economic growth has driven up the world's very metabolism: in Brazil, farmers clear large swaths of the Amazon to plant soybeans; Indian poachers hunt tigers and elephants to feed Chinese demand; in the United States, clouds of mercury and ozone drift earthward after trans-Pacific jet-stream journeys. Craig Simons' The Devouring Dragon looks at how an ascending China has rapidly surpassed the U.S. and Europe as the planet's worst-polluting superpower. It argues that China's most important 21st-century legacy will be determined not by jobs, corporate profits, or political alliances, but by how quickly its growth degrades the global environment and whether it can stem the damage. Combining in-depth reporting with wide-ranging interviews and scientific research, The Devouring Dragon shines a spotlight on how China has put our planet's forests, wildlife, oceans, and climate in jeopardy, multiplying the risks for everyone in our burgeoning, increasingly busy world.

Energy Governance and Security in Thailand and Myanmar Burma

Energy  Governance and Security in Thailand and Myanmar  Burma Author Adam Simpson
ISBN-10 9781317143598
Release 2016-04-29
Pages 278
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Across the world states are seeking out new and secure supplies of energy but this search is manifesting itself most visibly in Asia where rapid industrialisation in states such as China and India is fomenting a frantic scramble for energy resources. Due to entrenched societal inequities and widespread authoritarian governance, however, the pursuit of national energy security through transnational energy projects has resulted in devastating impacts on the human and environmental security of local populations. These effects are particularly evident in both Thailand and Myanmar (Burma), which, located at the crossroads of Asia, are increasingly engaged in the cross-border energy trade. Based on extensive fieldwork and theoretical analysis this ground-breaking book proposes a new critical approach to energy and environmental security and explores the important role that both local and transnational environmental movements are playing, in the absence of effective and democratic governments, in providing ’activist environmental governance’ for energy projects throughout the region. By comparing the nature of this activism under two very different political regimes it delivers crucial theoretical insights with both academic and policy implications for the sustainable and equitable development of the South’s natural resources.

Handbook of Sustainable Development

Handbook of Sustainable Development Author Giles Atkinson
ISBN-10 9781782544708
Release 2014-09-26
Pages 624
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This timely and important Handbook takes stock of progress made in our understanding of what sustainable development actually is and how it can be measured and achieved.ø

Critical Issues in Contemporary China

Critical Issues in Contemporary China Author Czeslaw Tubilewicz
ISBN-10 9781317422990
Release 2016-12-12
Pages 310
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Critical Issues in Contemporary China: Unity, Stability and Development comprehensively examines key problems crucial to understanding modern-day China. Organized around three interrelated themes of unity, stability and development, each chapter explores distinct issues and debate their significance for China domestically and for Beijing’s engagement with the wider world. While presenting contending explanatory approaches, contributors advance arguments to further critical discussion on selected topics. Main issues analysed include: political change military transformation legal reforms economic development energy security environmental degradation food security and safety demographic trends migration and urbanization labour unrest health and education social inequalities ethnic conflicts Hong Kong’s integration cross-Strait relations. Given its thorough and up-to-date assessment of major political, social and economic challenges facing China, this fully revised and substantially expanded new edition is an essential read for any student of Chinese Studies.

Supernormal Growth

Supernormal Growth Author Jeffrey Zhengfu SHI
ISBN-10 9781938134630
Release 2015-12-30
Pages 190
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"Supernormal Growth confirms the supernormal achievements of China by providing founding statistics that China, during the past 35 years, experienced a synchronous high-speed growth of investment, consumption, labor productivity with low volatility. First of its kind, Jeffrey Shi analyzes the unique structure and operating mechanism of China's existing market economy from a theoretic perspective, and attributes China's supernormal growth to supernormal investment aroused by China's three dimensional (3-D) market system which consists of competitive enterprises, competitive local governments and central government and to supernormal purchasing power created by American's finance-driving strategy. In examining multiple challenges of China one by one, the Shi proposes a whole conception of national strategic asset investment system which does not interfere with the operation of normal market, but provides sustainable extra force to extend China's supernormal growth, and also an innovative idea of relieving polarization of the poor and the rich through a ""1.5th income distribution"" system, so as to provide a panoramic view of China's supernormal growth strategy in the next 30 years. Shi is not only a respected scholar, but also a successful businessman, giving Supernormal Growth a more valuable reference in answering many questions about China's development no matter in the past or future."--

Oil Politics The West and Its Desire for Energy Security Since 1950

Oil Politics  The West and Its Desire for Energy Security Since 1950 Author Felix Kruse
ISBN-10 9783954891467
Release 2013-09
Pages 76
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This book illustrates the story of oil politics from the 20th century until today. It begins with the overthrow of the Iranian regime in 1953, and continues until the current rush for resources in the Arctic. However, the book does not simply outline these events, but, it also explains the reasons for the specific development of states acts. Thereby, this study is based on the International Political Economy and International Relations theory – a combination that makes this book unique. Finally, the book gives the reader an insight of the petro state while outlining the strategic importance of oil itself.

Global Energy Policy and Security

Global Energy Policy and Security Author Walter Leal Filho
ISBN-10 9781447152866
Release 2013-09-03
Pages 330
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Despite efforts to increase renewables, the global energy mix is still likely to be dominated by fossil-fuels in the foreseeable future, particularly gas for electricity and oil for land, air and sea transport. The reliance on depleting conventional oil and natural gas resources and the geographic distribution of these reserves can have geopolitical implications for energy importers and exporters. Global Energy Policy and Security examines the security of global and national energy supplies, as well as the sensitivity and impacts of sustainable energy policies which emphasize the various political, economic, technological, financial and social factors that influence energy supply, demand and security. Multidisciplinary perspectives provide the interrelated topics of energy security and energy policy within a rapidly changing socio-political and technological landscape during the 21st century. Included are two main types of interdisciplinary papers. One set of papers deals with technical aspects of energy efficiency, renewable energy and the use of tariffs. The other set of papers focuses on social, economic or political issues related to energy security and policy, also describing research, practical projects and other concrete initiatives being performed in different parts of the world. This book will prove useful to all those students and researchers interested in the connections between energy production, energy use, energy security and the role of energy policies.

Sino U S Energy Triangles

Sino U S  Energy Triangles Author David Zweig
ISBN-10 9781317677871
Release 2015-07-24
Pages 308
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The remarkable performance of the Chinese economy in the last three decades has placed China at the centre of the world stage. In 1993, China became a net importer of energy, although it was not until the early 2000s that the world began to pay more attention to China’s energy needs and its potential impact on the world. With China’s energy search occurring within a hegemonic global structure dominated by the United States, the US watches with interest as China enhances its ties with energy-rich states. The book examines this triangular relationship and questions whether the US and China are in competition regarding access to the energy of a third state, within the context of a potential power transition. It includes case studies on China's energy relationship with countries such as Canada, Australia, Saudi Arabia, Nigeria, Brazil, Kazakhstan, Iran, Sudan and Venezuela and aims to understand the way a rising power interacts with the existing leading power and the possible outcome of this competition. The analytical framework employed helps the reader to understand not only the nature and pattern of triangles among US, China and the Resource Rich States under ‘resource diplomacy’, but also the salient features of US-China competition around the world. Making an impressive contribution to the literature in fields such as US-China relations, international relations, Chinese foreign policy and global energy geopolitics, this book will appeal to students and scholars of these subjects.

The Oxford Handbook of the International Relations of Asia

The Oxford Handbook of the International Relations of Asia Author Saadia M. Pekkanen
ISBN-10 9780199916252
Release 2014-08-19
Pages 704
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In the past quarter century, the importance of Asia in international relations has grown exponentially. This Handbook gathers the most important scholars in the field of Asia's international relations to address this momentous change in world politics. The editors and contributors focus on three basic themes: assessing appropriate theories for explaining the evolution of the international relations of Asian countries within the region and with the rest of the world; tracing the recent history of Asia in world politics; and focusing on emerging trends. The Handbook brings readers the latest scholarship on the bilateral, regional, and global relations of Asian countries in the fields of political economy, national security, and human security. Comprehensive in theme, breadth, and methodology, this Handbook is a timely addition to the existing literature on the changes currently underway in Asian countries that promise to have significant implications for world politics.

Japan s Security and Economic Dependence on China and the United States

Japan s Security and Economic Dependence on China and the United States Author Keisuke Iida
ISBN-10 9781317311416
Release 2017-07-06
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With the rise of China, Japan and many East Asian countries are caught between maximizing profit from economic ties with her, and strengthening alliances with the United States to prevent China from overpowering them. Liberals and realists thus debate over the likelihood of either security tensions easing up or economic interdependence getting reduced eventually. On the other hand, Iida introduces a new theory that reinterprets the relationship between state security and economic interdependence among countries in the Asia-Pacific region. Based on case studies of recent episodes in East Asia, and especially on the experiences of Japan, this book highlights an interesting dynamic between security and economic interdependence: risk avoidance. By understanding how risk avoidance affects the behavior of these countries in terms of security and economics, it becomes evident how they eventually settle into what Iida calls "Cool Politics" and "Lukewarm Economics."

World Scientific Reference on Globalisation in Eurasia and the Pacific Rim

World Scientific Reference on Globalisation in Eurasia and the Pacific Rim Author Xiudian Dai
ISBN-10 9789814447812
Release 2015-11-06
Pages 1104
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This multi-volume set focuses on a key region of the world which contains four of the biggest emerging economies, a large number of highly dynamic small- and medium-sized emerging economies, and one of the leading advanced industrial countries. It is a region which contains some of the biggest hydrocarbon and mineral deposits in the world, and some of the most energy- and metal-hungry economies in the world. With half the world's population, it is one of the most dynamic regions of the globe in terms of population movement, providing a key focus of foreign investment, both inwards and outwards, with a high degree of technological dynamism. The region plays a central role in the industrial supply networks of the globe. In four volumes, focusing on, respectively, foreign investment, innovation, energy and migration, the set focuses on each of the main elements in the production system in turn — capital, innovation, raw materials and labour. Volume 1 studies patterns of interchange of financial and direct investment within the region, focusing on governance, the development of supply chains, and technology transfer. In Volume 2, the technology theme becomes dominant, with a special focus on digital technology. It includes technical issues like mobile communications standardisation, developmental dimensions, including the role of clusters and science parks, and political economy issues like the rise of techno-nationalism. Volume 3 turns to energy issues — not just issues of supply and demand, but also key problems of climate change, security and sustainability across the Eurasian and Asian landmass. Volume 4 presents the human dimension, looking at people in movement, as workers, citizens, men, women, or colonisers. Among the key issues discussed are the migration from country to town in China, the ‘greying’ of countries like Japan, the effect of war on migration, marriage migration, human trafficking and the depopulation of the Russian Far East. The set is a must-have for anyone keen to understand the region whose manufacturing core can be described, without exaggeration, as the ‘workshop of the world’ of the twenty-first century. Contents:Foreign Investment:Foreign Direct Investment and Economic Development (Jeongseon Seo and Nick von Tunzelmann)The Pattern of FDI Across the Eurasian/Pacific Rim Region:Japanese FDI in Asia (Kazuo Inaba)Inward FDI and Organisations: The Case of Chinese Firms (Koichiro Kimura)Outward FDI in R&D to Emerging Countries: The Case of Leading Korean ICT Corporations (Jeongseon Seo)Maturing Strategies of Russian Multinational Companies: Comparisons with Chinese Multinationals (Wladimir Andreff)Inward Foreign Direct Investment in Kazakhstan (David A Dyker)Foreign Direct Investment in India (Pravakar Sahoo)Foreign Direct Investment in Vietnam: An Overview (Tran Thi Anh-Dao and Dinh Thi Thanh Binh)Analysing R&D Activities of Foreign Enterprises in Emerging Economies: Lessons from Turkey (Mehmet Teoman Pamukçu and Erkan Erdil)The Bigger Picture: Investment Climate, Governance and Global Supply Networks: Outward Foreign Direct Investment by Emerging Markets Firms (Dirk Holtbrügge, Sue Claire Berning and Ritam Garg)Investment Climate and FDI Facilitation: FDI Trends and Policy in Asia and ASEAN (Shandre M Thangavelu and Christopher Findlay)China's Outward Investment Surge (Jan Knoerich)The Development of Industrial Supply Networks in Asia (Junjiro Shintaku and Youngwon Park)Emerging Multinational Companies Investing in Developed Countries: At Odds with HOS? (Wladimir Andreff and Giovanni Balcet)Inward Foreign Direct Investment in Russia: Governance, Business Environment and Supply Networks (David A Dyker)Innovation:National Innovation Policy:Chinese Innovation Policy for the Digital Age (Xiudian Dai)From Singapore One to Intelligent Nation 2015 (iN2015 ): A Case for State-Driven Initiatives for Innovation? (Godfrey Yeung)The Trajectory of Taiwan's Industrial Development: Innovation Policy, Performance and Future Challenges for a Latecomer (Mei-Chih Hu, Chan-Yuan Wong and Hsien-Chen Lo)Innovation Environment/Clustering:Innovation Policies in China: A Case Study of Zhongguancun Science Park (Xiangyang Xin and Jiechen Song)Russia's Skolkovo Science Park — Game-Changer or Rulebender? (David Dyker)Nurturing Innovation in Malaysia: A Case Study of the Multimedia Super Corridor (MSC) (Ahmad Naqiyuddin Bakar)Techno-Nationalism and Globalisation:From Follower to Leader: China and the Mobile Telecommunications Standards (Hai Qin)The Political Economy of Taiwan's Digital Convergence Policy (Hung-Hwei Liu and James W Y Wang)How Do ICT Firms in Turkey Manage Innovation? Diversity in Expertise versus Diversity in Markets (I Semih Akçomak, Erdal Akdeve and Derya Findik)An Ordinary Company from an Extraordinary Country — Becoming Great by Doing the Right Thing at the Right Time (Yan Wan and Shi-Ji Gao)Energy:Energy Resources in Eurasia: Global Demand and Policy Perspectives:World Energy Resources: Scales and Paradigms (Francesco Adamo and Marco Adamo)Energy Trends in Europe and EU External Policy (Roman Petrov)The Russian Federation's Energy Diplomacy and its Influence in the Caucasus and Central Asia (Nadiya Kravets and Morena Skalamera)Indian Energy Policy and the Protection of the Environment at the Federal and State Levels (Domenico Francavilla)China: Energy Policy and Environmental Matters (Qin Tianbao and Wang Huanhuan)Turkey's Energy Dynamics, Regional Politics and Pipelines in the Context of Global Game-Changers (Mehmet Öǧütçü)Connecting Energy: The Transnational Dimension of Trade and Environmental Law:Global Energy Governance, International Environmental Law and the Regional Dimension (Paolo Farah)Regional Arrangements Tackling Climate Change and Emissions Trading (Jiang Yue)Energy Security, Water Resources, Environmental Concerns and Economic Development in Central Asia (Paolo Farah)Energy Investments and Environmental Concerns in South-East Asia (Paolo Farah)Connecting Energy: The Transnational Dimension of Sustainability and Innovation: The Concept of Sustainability and its Consequences for Energy Policy (Jean Yves Heurtebise)Investing in Sustainable Energy under the Energy Charter Treaty (Matteo Barra)Innovation in Energy: A Comprehensive Framework (Piercarlo Rossi)Migration: Economic Drivers of Contemporary:IntroductionMigration and the Economic Crisis: A Simple Conceptual Framework Applied to East AsiaInter-Provincial Migration in a Transition Economy: The Case of ChinaMigration Flows and Labour Market Characteristics: A Case Study of Heilongjiang Province, China Recent Trends in International Migration to and from Taiwan: A Theoretical Interpretation The Political Economy of Immigration: A Case Study of South KoreaThe Occupational Class and Geographical Locations of Transnational Immigrant Minorities in Japan Migration and the Life Course in Japan: Labour Migration in the Context of Family Life and Intergenerational Relationships Social Mobility and Geographical Mobility: Singapore, Hong Kong, Shanghai and Tokyo as "Escalator Regions"Demographic Implications of the "New Immigration Model" Applied to East Asia

Global Energy Interconnection

Global Energy Interconnection Author Zhenya Liu
ISBN-10 9780128044063
Release 2015-08-28
Pages 396
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Global energy network is an important platform to guarantee effective exploitation of global clean energy and ensure reliable energy supply for everybody. Global Energy Interconnection analyzes the current situation and challenges of global energy development, provides the strategic thinking, overall objective, basic pattern, construction method and development mode for the development of global energy network. Based on the prediction of global energy and electricity supply and demand in the future, with the development of UHV AC/DC and smart grid technologies, this book offers new solutions to drive the safe, clean, highly efficient and sustainable development of global energy. The concept and development ideas concerning global energy interconnection in this book are based on the author’s thinking of strategic issues about China’s and the world’s energy and electricity development for many years, especially combined with successful practices of China’s UHV development. This book is particularly suitable for researchers and graduated students engaged in energy sector, as well as energy economics researchers, economists, consultants, and government energy policy makers in relevant fields. Based on the author's many years' experience in developing Smart Grid solutions within national and international projects. Combines both solid background information and cutting-edge technology progress, coupled with a useful and impressive list of references. The key energy problems which are challenging us nowadays are well stated and explained in this book, which facilitates a better understanding of the development of global energy interconnection with UHV AC/DC and smart grid technologies.

By All Means Necessary

By All Means Necessary Author Elizabeth Economy
ISBN-10 9780199921799
Release 2014-01-07
Pages 288
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In the past thirty years, China has transformed from an impoverished country where peasants comprised the largest portion of the populace to an economic power with an expanding middle class and more megacities than anywhere else on earth. This remarkable transformation has required, and will continue to demand, massive quantities of resources. Like every other major power in modern history, China is looking outward to find them. In By All Means Necessary, Elizabeth C. Economy and Michael Levi explore the unrivaled expansion of the Chinese economy and the global effects of its meteoric growth. China is now engaged in a far-flung quest, hunting around the world for fuel, ores, water, and land for farming, and deploying whatever it needs in the economic, political, and military spheres to secure the resources it requires. Chinese traders and investors buy commodities, with consequences for economies, people, and the environment around the world. Meanwhile the Chinese military aspires to secure sea lanes, and Chinese diplomats struggle to protect the country's interests abroad. And just as surely as China's pursuit of natural resources is changing the world--restructuring markets, pushing up commodity prices, transforming resource-rich economies through investment and trade--it is also changing China itself. As Chinese corporations increasingly venture abroad, they must navigate various political regimes, participate in international markets, and adopt foreign standards and practices, which can lead to wide-reaching social and political ramifications at home. Clear, authoritative, and provocative, By All Means Necessary is a sweeping account of where China's pursuit of raw materials may take the country in the coming years and what the consequences will be--not just for China, but for the whole world.