Refining crude oil in Al Mansura, east of Al Raqqah, northern Syria, May 8, 2013.
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"Fueling the Fire: Pathways from Oil to War"
Journal Article, International Security, volume 38, issue 2, pages 147-180
Author: Jeff D. Colgan
Belfer Center Programs or Projects: Quarterly Journal: International Security
While the threat of "resource wars" over possession of oil reserves is often exaggerated, between one-quarter and one-half of interstate wars since 1973 have been connected to one or more of eight distinct oil-related causal mechanisms. Understanding these mechanisms can help policymakers design grand strategy and allocate military resources.
The author has written a policy brief based on this article, "Oil, Conflict, and U.S. National Interests."
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