Energy could be the new source of global conflicts

The return of the Cold War era could be demonstrated too by the strength of the Russia-China strategic partnership (photo: dpa)
The return of the Cold War era could be demonstrated too by the strength of the Russia-China strategic partnership (photo: dpa)

Europe has changed dramatically over the past 100 years which have seen the old empires swept away and a new order emerge. Russia seems to be returning to a new Cold War model as clashes over energy become the source of new conflict in the 21st century. This could see Nato refocussing to protect Europe.

<i>Russia returned to a Cold War vocabulary in 2008 by recalling the geopolitical importance of the Soviet Union. It also highlighted the socialist orientation of east European countries and regions like Abkhazia, South Ossetia, Crimea and other parts of Ukraine. This new ‘Soviet Spring’ sees new Cold War state creation. Instead of a clash of civilisation, the second decade of th...

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