Oil Wars

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Are oil-rich countries prone to war? And, if so, why? There is a widely held belief that contemporary wars are motivated by the desire of great powers like the United States or Russia to control precious oil resources and to ensure energy security.This book argues that the main reason why oil-rich countries are prone to war is because of the character of their society and economy. Sectarian groups compete for access to oil resources and finance their military adventures through smuggling oil, kidnapping oil ...

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Overview

Are oil-rich countries prone to war? And, if so, why? There is a widely held belief that contemporary wars are motivated by the desire of great powers like the United States or Russia to control precious oil resources and to ensure energy security.This book argues that the main reason why oil-rich countries are prone to war is because of the character of their society and economy. Sectarian groups compete for access to oil resources and finance their military adventures through smuggling oil, kidnapping oil executives, or blowing up pipelines. Outside intervention only makes things worse. The use of conventional military force as in Iraq can bring neither stability nor security of supply.This book examines the relationship between oil and war in six different regions: Angola, Azerbaijan, Colombia, Indonesia, Nigeria and Russia. Each country has substantial oil reserves, and has a long history of conflict. The contributors assess what part oil plays in causing, aggravating or mitigating war in each region and how this relation has altered with the changing nature of war. It offers a novel conceptual approach bringing together Kaldor's work on 'new wars' and Karl's work on the petro-state.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780745324784
  • Publisher: Pluto Press
  • Publication date: 4/30/2007
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 304
  • Product dimensions: 5.32 (w) x 8.47 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Ziauddin Sardar is Visiting Professor of Science Policy at Middlesex University and consulting editor of the prestigious journal Futures. He is a prolific writer and is the author of Cultural Studies for Beginners, Barbaric Others: A Manifesto on Western Racism and editor, with Jerome Ravetz, of Cyberfutures: Culture and Politics on the Information Superhighway._x000B_Dr Jerry Ravetz is the author of the classic study, Scientific Knowledge and Social Problems, and the director of the Research Methods Consultancy. He has a particular interest in the history of ideas and the philosophy of science.

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Table of Contents

Introduction
1. Nigeria: Political Violence, Governance and Corporate Responsibility in a Petro-State, by Robin Luckham and Okey Ibeanu
2. Drilling in Deep Water: Oil, Business and War in Angola, by Phillippe Le Billon
3. Greed and Grievance in Chechnya, by Yahia Said
4. Oil and Conflict: The Case of Nagorno Karabakh, by Mary Kaldor
5. The Conflict in Aceh: Struggle Over Oil?, by Kirsten E. Schulze
6. Oil and Armed Conflict in Casanare, Colombia: Complex Contexts and Contingent Moments, by Jenny Pearce
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