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The United States, Hegemonic Strategies and World Oil

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This article explores the relationship between oil and the foreign policy of the United States (US) within the context of the Middle East. Has the need to control oil outside the us driven foreign policy and, if so, what has been the causal relationship? Has the desire to control Middle Eastern oil driven US politics in the region and, if so, to what extent? Furthermore, to what extent has the degree of external engagement and 'control' exercised by the US been necessary simply in order to safeguard oil security? In order to respond to these questions, this article places the relationship between oil and US foreign policy towards the Middle East within its wider historical context, which the paper argues is crucial for a deeper understanding of the relationship. ...

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: May 1, 2006

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  • The St Antony's International Review (STAIR) is the only peer-reviewed journal of international affairs at the University of Oxford. Set up by graduate students of St Antony's College in 2005, the Review has carved out a distinctive niche as a cross-disciplinary outlet for research on the most pressing contemporary global issues, providing a forum in which emerging scholars can publish their work alongside established academics and policymakers. Past contributors include Robert O. Keohane, James N. Rosenau, and Alfred Stepan.
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