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Oil, Illiberalism, and War: An Analysis of Energy and US Foreign Policy

Andrew T. Price-Smith


The United States is addicted to crude oil. In this book, Andrew Price-Smith argues that this addiction has distorted the conduct of American foreign policy in profound and malign ways, resulting in interventionism, exploitation, and other illiberal behaviors that hide behind a facade of liberal internationalism. The symbiotic relationship between the state and the oil industry has produced deviations from rational foreign energy policy, including interventions in Iraq and elsewhere that have been (at the very least) counterproductive or (at worst) completely antithetical to national interests ... More

Keywords: Oil, US foreign policy, War, Energy, Political Economy

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780262029063
Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: January 2017 DOI:10.7551/mitpress/9780262029063.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Andrew T. Price-Smith, author