counter create hit Energy Kingdoms: Oil and Political Survival in the Persian Gulf - Download Free eBook
Hot Best Seller

Energy Kingdoms: Oil and Political Survival in the Persian Gulf

Availability: Ready to download

After the discovery of oil in the 1930s, the Gulf monarchies--Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Qatar, the United Arab Emirates, Oman, and Bahrain--went from being among the world's poorest and most isolated places to some of its most ostentatiously wealthy. To maintain support, the ruling sheikhs provide their subjects with boundless cheap energy, unwittingly leading to some of the h After the discovery of oil in the 1930s, the Gulf monarchies--Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Qatar, the United Arab Emirates, Oman, and Bahrain--went from being among the world's poorest and most isolated places to some of its most ostentatiously wealthy. To maintain support, the ruling sheikhs provide their subjects with boundless cheap energy, unwittingly leading to some of the highest consumption rates on earth. Today, as summertime temperatures set new records, the Gulf's rulers find themselves caught in a dilemma: can they curb their profligacy without jeopardizing the survival of some of the world's last absolute monarchies? In Energy Kingdoms, Jim Krane takes readers inside these monarchies to consider their conundrum. He traces the history of the Gulf states' energy use and policies, looking in particular at how energy subsidies have distorted demand. Oil exports are the lifeblood of their political-economic systems--and the basis of their strategic importance--but domestic consumption has begun eating into exports while climate change threatens to render their desert region uninhabitable. At risk are the sheikhdoms' way of life, their relations with their Western protectors, and their political stability in a chaotic region. Backed by rich fieldwork and deep knowledge of the region, Krane expertly lays out the hard choices that Gulf leaders face to keep their states viable.


Compare

After the discovery of oil in the 1930s, the Gulf monarchies--Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Qatar, the United Arab Emirates, Oman, and Bahrain--went from being among the world's poorest and most isolated places to some of its most ostentatiously wealthy. To maintain support, the ruling sheikhs provide their subjects with boundless cheap energy, unwittingly leading to some of the h After the discovery of oil in the 1930s, the Gulf monarchies--Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Qatar, the United Arab Emirates, Oman, and Bahrain--went from being among the world's poorest and most isolated places to some of its most ostentatiously wealthy. To maintain support, the ruling sheikhs provide their subjects with boundless cheap energy, unwittingly leading to some of the highest consumption rates on earth. Today, as summertime temperatures set new records, the Gulf's rulers find themselves caught in a dilemma: can they curb their profligacy without jeopardizing the survival of some of the world's last absolute monarchies? In Energy Kingdoms, Jim Krane takes readers inside these monarchies to consider their conundrum. He traces the history of the Gulf states' energy use and policies, looking in particular at how energy subsidies have distorted demand. Oil exports are the lifeblood of their political-economic systems--and the basis of their strategic importance--but domestic consumption has begun eating into exports while climate change threatens to render their desert region uninhabitable. At risk are the sheikhdoms' way of life, their relations with their Western protectors, and their political stability in a chaotic region. Backed by rich fieldwork and deep knowledge of the region, Krane expertly lays out the hard choices that Gulf leaders face to keep their states viable.

52 review for Energy Kingdoms: Oil and Political Survival in the Persian Gulf

  1. 5 out of 5

    Jessica

    A current and relevant must-read. I think this should be added to high school curricula and taught in the context of the oil shale revolution in the US.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Aisha

    This book takes you back in history before the discovery of oil in the Gulf Arab states. It suggests that the Gulf Arab states have lived two golden ages one before oil (with trading associated with hajj), and the second one is associated with oil discoveries. It then goes on to discuss how the IOC have been taking control of the oil export revenues for almost two decades before the Gulf elites started to demand control over their own resources. Importantly, the book provides a historical overvi This book takes you back in history before the discovery of oil in the Gulf Arab states. It suggests that the Gulf Arab states have lived two golden ages one before oil (with trading associated with hajj), and the second one is associated with oil discoveries. It then goes on to discuss how the IOC have been taking control of the oil export revenues for almost two decades before the Gulf elites started to demand control over their own resources. Importantly, the book provides a historical overview of the evolution of Gulf Arabs' energy policy, which has led to today's energy-economy-political dilemma. It argues that the abundance of cheap oil and gas resources have created unintended consequences that challenge the political and economic stability of the Gulf Arab states. In particular, the fossil fuel subsidies have been a driver for increasing domestic consumption, which has started to eat into the main source of income, oil exports. The drop in oil prices have put pressure over the Gulf states to rethink their social contract. Yet, the removal of these subsidies remains to be a difficult choice for the Gulf states should they choose to maintain the status quo.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Sachin Bhatia

    The quality of research is very good

  4. 5 out of 5

    Tyler N

    Energy Kingdoms is a well written and concise look at the political mechanics underlying the energy industry on the Arabian Peninsula. Krane aptly criticizes political theories where needed, and confirms others where appropriate. Overall the book is a greatly supported crash course on the middle eastern monarchies.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Garrison

  6. 5 out of 5

    David Nygaard

  7. 4 out of 5

    Paul

  8. 5 out of 5

    Mike

  9. 4 out of 5

    Michael Craig

  10. 4 out of 5

    Julian Terenzio

  11. 5 out of 5

    Qais bin Bader

  12. 5 out of 5

    James Brucculeri

  13. 5 out of 5

    Carmen Hamze

  14. 5 out of 5

    Graham

  15. 4 out of 5

    Lyna

  16. 4 out of 5

    Mohammed

  17. 5 out of 5

    Helena

  18. 4 out of 5

    Tyler Gray

  19. 5 out of 5

    Matt McClary

  20. 4 out of 5

    Julia

  21. 5 out of 5

    Viesturs

  22. 4 out of 5

    Karl Koh

  23. 5 out of 5

    Wouter Goossenaerts

  24. 5 out of 5

    Alyona

  25. 4 out of 5

    Robin

  26. 5 out of 5

    Peixian

  27. 5 out of 5

    St

  28. 4 out of 5

    Cek994

  29. 5 out of 5

    Gina Hadam

  30. 4 out of 5

    Lindsay

  31. 5 out of 5

    Ali M S Al Jaber

  32. 4 out of 5

    Martin

  33. 4 out of 5

    M

  34. 5 out of 5

    Lin Ding

  35. 4 out of 5

    Caroline

  36. 4 out of 5

    Soumitra Polley

  37. 4 out of 5

    Kpurvis

  38. 5 out of 5

    Charlotte

  39. 5 out of 5

    Francisco Onofre

  40. 4 out of 5

    Andrew

  41. 4 out of 5

    Naif Alharthi

  42. 5 out of 5

    Carl

  43. 5 out of 5

    Murad

  44. 4 out of 5

    LPenting

  45. 4 out of 5

    Lynn Lyon

  46. 4 out of 5

    Mohammed S.

  47. 5 out of 5

    Lucy

  48. 4 out of 5

    Cameron Climie

  49. 5 out of 5

    Ruth

  50. 5 out of 5

    Varun

  51. 4 out of 5

    Linus Vieira

  52. 5 out of 5

    Simon

Add a review

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Loading...
We use cookies to give you the best online experience. By using our website you agree to our use of cookies in accordance with our cookie policy.