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Energy Can Be A Catalyst for Peace

By Dr Nuki Agya Utama, Rika Safrina & Amira Bilqis
13 July 2023

In our ever-evolving world, the vital role of energy has become increasingly apparent. Historically, conflicts have erupted due to scarcity and competition for limited energy resources. However, it is plausible and imperative to change the narrative surrounding energy, transforming it from a force for war into a powerful catalyst driving world peace. The interplay between diplomacy and technological advancements can be explored to shape a more harmonious future.

The roots of energy-related conflicts can be traced back to the industrial era when societies rapidly transformed and demanded unprecedented amounts of energy. Fossil fuels, such as oil and coal, emerged as the primary energy sources to power large-scale manufacturing since they are inexpensive and reliable. Their use sometimes led to fierce competition and geopolitical tensions. Nations engaged in bitter struggles to secure energy supplies, often resorting to war or aggressive diplomacy to safeguard their interests.

This op-ed was published in the Bangkok Post. The original article can be found here.