Magazine article Insight on the News

Where Are They Now?

Magazine article Insight on the News

Where Are They Now?

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Here are a few names that used to make quite a splash when dropped at Washington watering holes: Lawrence Eagleburger, Howard Baker, John Sununu, Zbigniew Brzezinski, Mike Deaver, Richard Armitage and, oh, let's toss in Robert Strauss. We'll sort 'em out for you in a minute but, first, what do you suppose these former inside-the-Beltway movers and shakers have in common? And the correct answer is: Caspian oil.

A few other big names involved in the Caspian region give a clue to its importance: ARCO, BP Amoco, Chevron, Exxon, Mobil, Pennzoil, Phillips Petroleum and Texaco. That should clarify the picture a bit.

Credit goes to the National Journal for the enterprise involved in pulling together the remarkable story of commercial, political and public-relations efforts focused on development of the energy and mineral resources of the Caspian region. It has become a boom area for lobbyists and consultants due to the mutual interests of oil companies and countries in the region. They want to influence the United States to protect their projects, which are situated in close proximity to Iran and Russia. Some of the countries are noted for "dismal track records in holding free elections and establishing open societies," the Journal notes, and thus have image problems on Capitol Hill. …

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