North America’s energy self-sufficiency is a wake up call to Europe and the Middle East

An oil tanker docks in Kuwait (photo:dpa)
An oil tanker docks in Kuwait (photo:dpa)

North America is slowly, but very surely, ending its dependence on foreign oil – a move that will have a considerable effect on the Middle Eastern states. After years of decline, the US oil production industry has a new lease of life. Additionally, the US is turning its political focus from the Middle East towards the Asia-Pacific region. This redirection should give Middle Eastern states and European powers reason to start forging a new mutually beneficial strategic and geopolitical framework to provide not only energy security for Europe but political stability in the Middle East region.

THE United States, Canada and Mexico will be self-sufficient in their energy needs within 20 yea...

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