Monday, December 31, 2007

Resource Wars Trump League of Democracies Every Time

One of the things I liked about the forthcoming The Next American Century by Nina Hachigian and Mona Sutphen--one of the books I review under the rubric of "FDR's Children" in the January/February issue of TNI--was their bluntness and honesty. They pointed out that, as much as we may want to ignore or downplay it, that democratic states as much as the non-democracies play a role in sustaining regimes like the ones in Sudan and Burma.

Whether or not "resource wars" are real or imagined--the subject of a pretty lively debate building on David Victor's essay in the last issue--the concept does exercise a hold over the imagination of policymakers. So I wasn't shocked when I read this Indian op-ed, entitled, "India in the Race for Resources". And the recommendation:

Like the US, Russia, France and China, we need to put our national interest first and not be swayed by external pressure, as we appear to be doing in Myanmar.

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