Stephen G. Carter
Carter: Iran, Natural Gas and Asia’s Energy Needs

Dr. Carter2 is a research affiliate with the Gregg Centre for the Study of War and Society at the University of New Brunswick, Canada.

Demand for natural gas in Asia has grown steadily during the past decade and is expected to increase considerably in the next 20 years. This growth in demand has paralleled an increasingly aggressive regime of international sanctions on Iran over its nuclear-weapons program. Considering the importance of maintaining economic pressure and political solidarity in sanctions regimes, the projected growth of demand for natural gas in some of the world’s fastest-growing economies is creating both short- and long-term strategic implications for the United States and its allies. With one of the world’s largest reserves of natural gas and an enviable geographical location as a likely hub for energy transit, Iran is in an excellent strategic position to benefit economically and politically from this growth in demand.
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