By K.N. Pandita – For one century in the past the Gulf oil remained the main source of energy supplies to the world. In the process, West Asia, and particularly the littoral states, which incidentally happen to be the Muslim dominated states, emerged as potent actors on the stage of international relations. That contemporary politics is the politics of oil is the whole truth..
Disintegration of the Soviet Union has thrown up a new oil scenario in the territories of the erstwhile Soviet Union. In a sense, the time has come when a century – old West Asian oil monopoly shall lose its pivotal position in determining the course of contemporary history as “Pan-Asian energy goals” begin to over-ride the “ new great game” syndrome in Central Eurasia.