We live in a world of diminishing resources. Demand for many fuels and minerals far exceeds supply and the global battles to access and control these key resources are intensifying. In this exciting new series leading international experts explore the geopolitical battles to access and control many of the world's natural assets. From oil to water, food to land, these provocative and illuminating books offer big-picture analyses of the complex power struggles at play, the problems and challenges to which they give rise and their implications for the future.
St Mary's University, Canada
"Gavin Fridell's insightful, well-argued and up-to-date analysis of the world coffee economy demonstrates that the state's role in coffee statecraft continues to be essential to creating a more just division of the earnings in the world of coffee. As well as providing a thorough guide to the economics and politics of one of the world's most important commodities, this book will spark much needed debate about the nature of neoliberalism and market-based solutions to economic and social problems."
— Steven Topik, University of California Irvine
"Ian Smillie examines the messy diamond trade from the soil upward in this valuable book. He knows far more about diamonds than any dealer, and he cuts through decades of haze to tell you the truth."
— Tom Zoellner, author of The Heartless Stone: A Journey Through the World of Diamonds, Deceit and Desire
Wilfrid Laurier University
Land is one of the world's most emotionally resonant resources, and control over it is fundamental to almost all human activity. From the local level to the global, we are often in conflict over the ground beneath our feet. But because human relationships to land are so complex, it can be difficult to think them through in a unified way. This path-breaking book aims to change that by combining insights from multiple disciplines to develop a framework for understanding the geopolitics of land today.
David Lewis Feldman
University of California, Irvine
"Feldman's useful and clear overview of the modern world of water makes a very strong case overall for the involvement of scientists and local people in planning."
— The Guardian
Gavin Bridge & Philippe Le Billon
University of Manchester; University of British Columbia
"You will not find a better guide to the new geopolitics of hydrocarbons."
— Michael Ross,, University of California Los Angeles
University of Waterloo
"In this admirably clear exposition Clapp explains the increasing 'financialisation' of and speculation in food commodities. Will sub-prime eaters be blamed for some future market crash? It makes you think twice about a second breakfast."
— The Guardian
Elizabeth R. DeSombre & J. Samuel Barkin
Wellesley College; University of Florida
"A great environmental case study. Once you've read this book, you'll be hooked."
— The Ecologist
Peter Dauvergne & Jane Lister
University of British Columbia
"In what increasingly reads like a Sherlock Holmes thriller, the authors unravel the alliances and corruption of the giant multinational players involved in the rape of the forests."
— Irish Examiner
"A clear, thorough and urgent contribution to our understanding of what's going on - and, hopefully, to the campaign to end it."
— New Internationalist