2012 Plenary 6: North America Off Foreign Oil and its Impacts Everywhere Else

The recent discovery of new energy sources in North America and elsewhere could re-define the debate about energy independence. Traditionally oil-rich countries like Russia and Saudi Arabia could find themselves with significantly less economic and geopolitical leverage.Yet the prospect of true energy independence for the Western world also raises new questions about global interconnectedness and engagement: Would the West be tempted to turn inwards and become more isolationist?