Master of International Affairs   Master of Public Policy  

Geopolitics of global oil and gas markets

A central theoretical underpinning of the course is how the political economy of oil has differed in the neo-colonial era, a transition period, and the current globalized capitalist era, imbuing the geopolitical “role of oil” (or gas) and related conflicts in each respective era with differing logic, constraints and imperatives. The goal of the first nine or ten sessions is to prepare students to engage meaningfully with both their research project topic, and with experts from energy diplomacy and industry invited to speak with the class during two later sessions. These generally offer divergent points of view given current energy/geopolitical realities and conflicts.

This course is for 2nd year MIA and MPP students only.