Monday, April 03, 2006


Global energy security - a role for the military

Has NATO a role in energy security?.

An update today:

Nato looks to create a global partnership

Nato is planning to strengthen its strategic and military ties with Australia, New Zealand, Finland and Sweden in a move that could give it a role far outside its traditional geographical influence.

The initiative, led by Washington and supported by Jaap de Hoop Scheffer, Nato secretary-general, would help reinforce the USled alliance’s political and military credentials at a time when these have come under scrutiny. The US would like to see regular Nato "forums" with other countries such as Australia, New Zealand and, later, Japan and South Korea.

The plans are set to be discussed at a Nato foreign ministers’ meeting in Sofia this month and at a summit in Riga in November.

The NATO-Russia Council was established in 2002.

But should the rules for global energy security prevent assets being nationalised? Because more than three-quarters of the world’s oil reserves are already controlled by national oil companies, according to a hearing in the US Senate.
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