Call for Papers OGEL Special Issue: Eurasian Energy
21 April 2008
The importance of the Eurasian landmass - from Lisbon to Vladivostok - has been recognized for centuries. British geographer H.J. Mackinder called it the "world island," a massive expanse of variegated peoples, resources and cultures on which political actors hope to build global empires. American geo-strategist Zbigniew Brzezinski labeled it the "grand chessboard." In the 19th century and perhaps even today, it has been the playing field for a "great game" between different powers, each vying for influence, resources and strategic depth. Home to 4.6 billion people and vast amounts of energy resources, Eurasia today is still central to global politics and, particularly, developments in energy markets. With the advent and expansion of international law, it is also a proving ground for the subordination of bare-knuckle politics to international legal norms.
Update November 2008: This Eurasian Energy special has been published.
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