Oil [and Gas] and the 'New International Energy Order' http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=89565453 The US has been outmaneuvered by Russia, China and other states with gas and oil. Putin has retaken control of oil and gas in Russia under Gazprom, and US has lost whatever they invested in the Russian market. The US has established Africom (the US Africa Command) - and it appears that Africa will be militarized. China is forming alliances with Iran and Venezula. Russia, Iran and Qatar are considering forming a GPEC (OPEC for natural gas). Russia and China formed the Shanghai Cooperation Organziation (SCO) in 1996 with other central asian states, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan and Tadjikistan. There is a security dimension both in military cooperation and energy. So perhaps we'll see the energy wars along the lines of the Cold War.