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Pipelines and Violence in Post-Soviet Georgia & Azerbaijan

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Clif Stratton

on 22 September 2016

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Transcript of Pipelines and Violence in Post-Soviet Georgia & Azerbaijan

Pipelines and Violence in Post-Soviet Georgia & Azerbaijan
The Oil Curse
Local: pollution; threats to food production, water supply

National: undermines non-oil economy

Regional: militarization through use of oil revenues to purchase arms; targeting of oil infrastructure by terrorist groups

Global: climate change; massive flooding, drought; reductions in food/water supply
Central Questions
How have pipelines undermined prospects for democracy in the oil-rich Caspian Sea and adjacent Caucacus countries of Azerbaijan and Georgia?
In small groups...
What is the carbon web?
How has the carbon web impacted the prospects for democracy in post-Soviet Georgia through which the Baku-Supsa pipeline runs?
How have those same pipelines undermined democracy in oil-consuming countries, like the UK or US?
Takeaway Points
Cheap oil in the U.S. is dependent on relationships with undemocratic governments in the Middle East.
Oil relationships are heavily dependent on U.S. supply of military grade weapons.
The durability of the Saudi regime since the 1920s can be attributed to its historical relationship with ARAMCO and the U.S. defense industry.
The Saudi connection is a colonial connection - built on "indirect" or "economic" imperialism.
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