The struggle for the Caucasus oil

Oil rig off the coast of Baku (© Flickr/Pierre)

The French oil company Total has defied the U.S. government and signed a 2 billion dollar deal with Iran to develop offshore gas fields. In response, Washington has threatened to impose sanctions on the company. But it’s not just the Middle East where the United States is trying to impose its will on the oil business. In Central Asia, the U.S. is trying to take control of oil and gas deposits, which have traditionally been the reserve of Russia. In the middle of this struggle between the two superpowers lies Turkey, which has always formed a bridge between Western and Eastern nations.  

Reporter: Dorian Jones

Broadcast: October 5, 1997