A foreign policy journal written by and for the enrichment of young professionals.
Volume 5 Summer/Fall 2013
About New Perspectives
New Perspectives in Foreign Policy is published by the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) to provide a forum for young professionals to debate issues of importance in foreign policy. Though New Perspectives seeks to bring new voices into the dialogue, it does not endorse specific opinions or policy prescriptions. As such, the views expressed herein are solely those of the authors and contributors and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Editorial Board, CSIS, or the CSIS Board of Trustees.
Letter from the Editorial Board
Resource management is one of the most fundamental challenges of governance. Competition over resources can exacerbate political tensions, and access to resources can enable conflicts to bloom and spread. However, resources can also help governments grow economies, achieve prosperity, and improve their citizens’ quality of life. In our fifth issue of New Perspectives in Foreign Policy, young professionals analyze the challenges and opportunities that different types of resources present in the world today.
How to manage and develop energy resources that support economic growth—and the potential impacts of such development on the environment—remains among the most vital and contentious governance issues. Moreover, the global energy landscape is rapidly changing, in part due to the development of unconventional oil and gas in the United States and prospects for increased exploitation of natural gas worldwide, causing governments to rethink their energy strategies. In Germany, a heavy focus on renewable energy and long-term climate solutions is presenting challenges to economic growth in the short term. How will policymakers rebalance their short-term economic goals with their long-term goal of a low-carbon economy? Can technical challenges be overcome quickly or should Germany recalibrate some of its ambitious goals?
The management and movement of natural resources across borders also hold regional geostrategic implications, and can be sources of conflict or opportunities for collaboration. For example, China and Pakistan are looking to develop an energy corridor between the two countries to feed China’s growing energy demand. How might this affect geostrategic and security calculations in the region? In another case, the water basin shared by Uzbekistan and Tajikistan is often cited as a main point of contention between the two nations. However, does a focus on the potential for a “water war” obscure more real and immediate security threats between the two countries?
Finally, diverse resources—financial, military, and humanitarian—are flowing into a country in turmoil: Syria. Some assert that providing limited assistance or only certain types of assistance to Syria’s opposition forces can help more desirable parties gain the upper hand. But will this trickle of resources merely prolong the war?
In the pages that follow, we are proud to present the analysis of young professionals at CSIS as they tackle these important questions.
New Perspectives Editorial Board
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