U.S.-China competition for energy resources
Perez, David C.
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This thesis examines the likelihood of conflict between the U.S. and China given their competition for energy resources in Africa. The main argument in this thesis is that economic interdependence between these countries has gradually produced increasing levels of cooperation over a period of three decades, reducing the likelihood of conflict. Furthermore, it asserts that historical wars over resources between major powers are less likely in contemporary times due to the transformation of the international landscape since World War II, resulting in an environment more conducive for cooperation between interdependent countries. The cooperation that has emerged between the U.S. and China in an array of fields creates a positive environment for tackling mutual energy resource challenges cooperatively. Finally, a series of recommendations are offered about ways to maximize cooperation and minimize challenges in this relationship.
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