Today the quest for energy security stands at or near the top of most nations? foreign policy agendas. For energy-dependent countries lacking sufficient energy resources of their own, achieving energy security is a formidable problem. Pakistan, currently the world?s sixth most heavily populated nation, is one such country. To ensure its energy future, its government is active on several fronts, including efforts to more fully exploit the country?s own energy resources, to negotiate the construction of trans-state natural gas pipelines, and to build a new coastal seaport at Gwadar, an ambitious project which its developers hope will enable Pakistan to occupy an important place in the emerging Asian energy refining and distribution system. As Dr. Robert G. Wirsing makes clear in his monograph, Baloch Nationalism and the Geopolitics of Energy Resources, Pakistan?s quest for energy security has run up against are surgent tribal separatist rebellion in its sprawling southwestern province of Balochistan? an area which, by virtue of both its own energy resources and its location, is key to Pakistan?s energy future. The rebellion pits a government determined to let nothing stand in the way of its energy agenda against a Baloch nationalist movement equally determined to have a greater voice in Balochistan?s future. Dr. Wirsing?s detailed and illuminating monograph makes a clear case that successful resolution of the Baloch question is essential to Pakistan?s achievement of energy security. ROBERT G. WIRSING is a member of the faculty of the Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies, Honolulu, Hawaii. A specialist on South Asian politics and international relations, he has made over 40 research trips to the South Asian region since 1965. His recent research focuses primarily on the politics and diplomacy of natural resources (water and energy) in South Asia. Dr. Wirsing?s publications include Pakistan?s Security under Zia, 1977-1988 (St. Martin?s Press, 1991); India, Pakistan, and the Kashmir Dispute (St. Martin?s Press, 1994); Kashmir in the Shadow of War (M. E. Sharpe, 2002); Religious Radicalism & Security in South Asia, coeditor (Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies, 2004); and Ethnic Diasporas & Great Power Strategies in Asia, co-editor (India Research Press, 2007).
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