We have just launched this website in the belief that following some of the world’s most famous pipelines gives you a better handle on understanding some of the world’s most vexing conflicts, most recently around Ukraine. Please bear with us as we add new features and more entries in the coming weeks, many updating the endless pipeline wars in the Middle East, Central Asia and Africa as chronicled (with maps) by Charlotte Dennett and other pipeline trackers in her newly released paperback, Follow the Pipelines: Uncovering the Mystery of a Lost Spy and the Deadly Politics of the Great Game for Oil.
We begin with the current crisis in Ukraine. (See Europe tab.) Competition for gas supplies – and supply routes — in Europe has the entire world on edge as Russia’s Vladimir Putin has deployed 125,000 troops – and most recently blood supplies –to the border of eastern Ukraine. The U.S., in response, has sent arms to Ukraine while its NATO allies are building up their forces in eastern Europe in case Russia chooses to invade Ukraine. Are we on the precipice of World War III? See this article about the Nordstream II pipeline by pipeline tracker John Foster, a Canadian economist and author of Oil and World Politics. Pipeline Politics Hits Multipolar Realities: Nord Stream 2 and the Ukraine Crisis – CounterPunch.org
Want to see another example of pipeline politics? Check out how they play out in Afghanistan and Gaza. [Note the credit to this May, 2021 article refers to the hardcover edition of Dennett’s book, titled The Crash of Flight 3804. The paperback edition has the new title, Follow the Pipelines]