Podcast: Vladimir Putin and the petro states are slowly losing a key weapon

January 21, 2016
Participants: Jason Fields, Matthew Gault, Agnia Grigas

Since the breakup of the Soviet Union, Russia has used natural gas as a weapon against Ukraine and Europe as a whole. Threatening to turn shut off the pipes as the weather turns cold is a pretty effective way to influence foreign policy.

But now it looks like one of Vladimir Putin’s key weapons is losing some its punch. 

This week on War College we’re looking at how shifts in the production of oil and natural gas are effecting global security, and where that leaves the United States.

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Further reading:

The oil pricequake

Big loser in any nuclear deal with Iran may be Russia

The high price of cheap oil


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No wonder why Jason Fields hosts a podcast instead of writing articles. In 3 small paragraphs there are 3 flagrant mistakes. :-)

Posted by RalphSrouji | Report as abusive

The dock price of a king salmon ($70) is now worth more than a barrel of oil ($30). And Russia has killed all its fish with pollution and poor management.

Russia is an unsustainable experiment, and the smart Russians left Russia many years ago.

Posted by Solidar | Report as abusive