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Renewables and the future of geopolitics: Revisiting main concepts of international relations from the lens of renewables

Emre Hatipoglu (), Saleh Al Muhanna () and Brian Efird ()
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Saleh Al Muhanna: King Abdullah Petroleum Studies and Research Center, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
Brian Efird: King Abdullah Petroleum Studies and Research Center, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

Russian Journal of Economics, 2020, vol. 6, issue 4, 358-373

Abstract: The development of renewable energy is often treated as a purely positive outcome for the world, without consideration of the challenges that come with implementation at scale, which will inevitably follow with the process of a global energy transition. Studies on the political process of the transition to a world of renewables are scarce. This article provides a review on the geopolitical, institutional, and technological aspects of the development of renewable energy sources, including transportation and delivery of energy across national borders. At scale internationally, renewable energy will present many of the same issues as other mature sources of energy. Security, export interdependence, and the availability of source materials will all become increasingly important concerns.

Keywords: renewables; geopolitics; energy; security (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: F50 Q48 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2020
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DOI: 10.32609/j.ruje.6.55450

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