Geopolitical Winds Shifting in the Levant

Empirical reality seems to have little if anything meaningful to do American strategy in the Levant today. And that is a problem, because there is a causal relation between what happens in the Levant and international economic security. A new state of affairs in the Levant has scarcely factored into mainstream discussions of foreign policy and international politics. In 2010, the U.S. Geological Survey reported that the Levant Basin, encompassing Lebanon, Syria, Israel, Cyprus, and the Gaza Strip, holds an estimated 122 trillion cubic feet of recoverable gas (that's trillion, with a T) and 1.7 billion barrels of recoverable oil. Some analysts believe the Eastern Mediterranean has the potential to become as significant to world politics as the Persian Gulf -- a noteworthy comparison: the Persian Gulf is not -- like, say, Flagstaff, Arizona -- what we might call a geopolitical footnote. Whatever the appropriate analogy, a few things are certain: of the newly-discovered energy resources...(Read Full Article)

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