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India's Future Security Challenge: Energy security

This is the last of a four-part Foreign Policy Centre article titled "India as a new global leader" and argues that energy security will be a major challenge for India's future. It provides many examples of ongoing initiatives to meet the country's growing energy demand.

The first part of the article considers how democratic politics have influenced India's growth patterns. It then argues that India's energy vulnerability is greater than that of China, for example, because of a greater dependence on petroleum products shipped from the Gulf region. An analysis of India's energy sector shows that the country's natural gas demand is quickly outgrowing India's production capacity. Setting this in a context of foreign policy, the article then analyses the constraints on remedying this energy vulnerability.

This informative, well-written report is valuable reading for those interested in energy and foreign policy.

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