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The U.S. energy revolution: Retreat from the Middle East?

By Jim Mackinnon Published: March 11, 2013

Europeans have many concerns over how U.S. shale energy will change global politics and dynamics, write Stormy-Annika Mildner and Kirsten Westphal at SWP in the German Institute for International and Security Affairs in Berlin.

One big question is, will shale energy cause the United States to withdraw from the Middle East? the two women ask.

They write: "Europe has observed the developments in the U.S. with envy as well as concern. Decreasing energy prices improve the competitiveness of American manufacturing. Companies that had previously invested in Asia are now returning to the U.S., while energy-intensive industries get an enormous boost from the lower prices. European companies are already concerned that they will not be able to keep up. Politicians on this side of the Atlantic also see the possible geopolitical changes caused by the energy revolution as cause for concern. A classified German Federal Intelligence Agency report projected that the geopolitical map will be redrawn. It came as no surprise that energy and geopolitics were on the agenda at the recent Munich Security Conference. German politicians in Munich predicted that the U.S. will lose interest in the Middle East, which could create a power vacuum in the region."

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