Energy security and the increasing threat of resource conflict has had a
profound impact on international security and economic stability throughout the world.
Studies have shown that states rich in valuable resources and minerals are four times
more likely to experience conflict and war. This is an area of concern that needs to be
put in broader security, environmental and economic contexts.
Concerns of energy security and resource scarcity have increased government
intervention in the energy sector, raising important questions and issues for government
and energy planners. With the increasing complexity of security threats and challenges
in today’s changing global security environment, it is essential that we understand the
dominant themes, patterns and logic of the driving forces behind resource-based
conflicts. It is also integral that we have a comprehensive understanding of the
geopolitics of minerals, its relationship with human security, and the world where the
struggle over resources dominates the military landscape.