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978-1-4985-8078-6 • Hardback • February 2019 • $111.00 • (£85.00)
978-1-4985-8080-9 • Paperback • March 2023 • $39.99 • (£31.00)
978-1-4985-8079-3 • eBook • February 2019 • $38.00 • (£29.00)
Ryan Opsal is an energy policy manager for the State of Maryland and adjunct professor in international relations at Florida International University.
Chapter 2Grand Strategy
Chapter 3Energy Security and Oil Security
Chapter 4The Oil Security Approach of the United States
Chapter 5The Oil Security Approach of China
Chapter 6Oil and the Clash of Grand Strategy
The survival of any country as a functioning society depends on having reliable sources of energy. Preserving access to energy is not simply an economic matter but a question of grand strategy. This informative book focuses on how China and the United States, both large importers of oil, secured their energy supplies between 1992 and 2013. It compares the evolution of both countries’ strategies for guaranteeing oil security through shifts in policy and advances in technology. Opsal claims that the United States is well ahead of China in oil security on many fronts, but China is rapidly catching up.
— Foreign Affairs
Opsal emphasizes the importance of energy security in the grand strategy of great powers. Framed within grand strategy theory, the author focuses exclusively on oil and lucidly analyzes how divergent state structures, societies, market practices, and competing geostrategic objectives lead China and the U.S to secure supply via radically different state and market policies: China relies on a centralized, state-driven, neo-mercantilist approach; and the U.S.A. depends on a decentralized, market-driven, neoliberal method. These competing practices and geostrategic objectives from radically different societies may prove difficult to coexist peacefully. This is a superbly argued and written book that merits serious reflection.
— Félix E. Martín, associate professor of politics and international relations, Florida International University
American and Chinese Energy Security is an astutely analyzed and historically insightful investigation of how questions of energy security have fundamentally informed American and Chinese formulations of grand strategy. Opsal convincingly argues that oil-based security dilemmas will place these two nations on a collision course that will shape global geopolitics for decades to come.
— Tyler Priest, University of Iowa