Dismantling the Oil Wars Myth

  title={Dismantling the Oil Wars Myth},
  author={Emily Meierding},
  journal={Security Studies},
  pages={258 - 288}
This article argues that, contrary to the assumptions of international relations scholars, policymakers, and the general public, states do not engage in oil wars. A twofold strategy is employed to support this assertion. First, the article scrutinizes the logical underpinnings of oil war claims, arguing that proponents have underestimated the obstacles to seizing and exploiting foreign resources and, consequently, exaggerated the likelihood of oil wars. Second, the article examines four… 
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