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Is America Stuck in the Middle East?
Aired 1/7/2002

Maintaining a secure supply of oil remains a problem for the United States, often a political one. U.S. energy security has long depended on the Middle East, which holds nearly two-thirds of the world’s known oil reserves. Critics say that makes it harder to fight the war on terror. It is said that America defers to Arab despots, led by Saudi Arabia, the "Big Daddy" of the global oil patch. Can that change? Is Middle East oil still crucial to American security? Or are new oil industry technology and the discovery of more and more non-OPEC oil fields driving down energy costs and leading to a more stable world oil market?
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  Daniel Yergin
    chairman of Cambridge Energy Research Associates and author of the Pulitzer Prize winning book "The Prize: The Epic Quest for Oil Money, and Power"
  Robert Ebel
    director of the Energy and National Security Program at the Center for Strategic & International Studies and principal author of the CSIS report "The Geopolitics of Energy into the 21st Century"

Originally Aired: 11/15/2001

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