7. The Other Contending Nations*

* This chapter draws from a number of other sources, including my recent article: “The Natural Gas Revolution and Central Asia,” Journal of Social, Political, and Economic Studies, Summer 2012, 37, pp. 141–180.

The two previous chapters explore the world’s largest economies and their role in the natural gas revolution. We have seen that the effect on almost every one of them is significant, with some nations playing an active and pivotal role (most notably the United States), and other nations suffering (Russia) or enjoying (Japan) the effects of these sweeping changes. Many smaller nations also play an important role in the changes that are transforming world energy markets. First, some of these nations hold ...

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