Friday, April 24, 2020

"Perils of Plenty"

New from Oxford University Press: Perils of Plenty: Arctic Resource Competition and the Return of the Great Game by Jonathan N. Markowitz.

About the book, from the publisher:
Among scholars who focus on the politics of natural resources, conventional wisdom asserts that resource-scarce states have the strongest interest in securing control over resources. Counterintuitively, however, in Perils of Plenty, Jonathan N. Markowitz finds that the opposite is true. In actuality, what states make influences what they want to take. Specifically, Markowitz argues that the more economically dependent states are on resource extraction rents for income, the stronger their preferences will be to secure control over resources. He tests the theory with a set of case studies that analyze how states reacted to the 2007 exogenous climate shock that exposed energy resources in the Arctic. Given the dangerous potential for conflict escalation in the Middle East and the South China Sea and the continued shrinkage of the polar ice cap, this book speaks to a genuinely important development in world politics that will have implications for understanding the political effects of climate change for many years to come.
Jonathan N. Markowitz is Assistant Professor in the International Relations and Political Science Department at the University of Southern California, where he is also a Co-Founder and Co-PI of both the Security and Political Economy Lab and East Grand Strategy Program.

--Marshal Zeringue