U.S. Foreign Policy and Petroleum
Great Decisions 2017 | Topic 5
What is the effect of U.S. petroleum security on foreign policy?
What is the effect of U.S. petroleum security on foreign policy? For 45 years, the country has alternated between periods of energy security and insecurity, sometimes able to wield petroleum as a useful instrument of foreign policy, sometimes not. Despite the so-called “energy revolution,” the U.S. today is by no means disentangled from foreign dependence and global trends. In order to be successful, policymakers must recognize both petroleum security circumstances and patterns in the relationship between petroleum and foreign policy.
Great Decisions Resources
- Index to Great Decisions Topics
- Global Discussion Questions
- Introduction: Continuity and Change in American Foreign Policy
- The Shale Revolution and the New Geopolitics of Energy
- The US Shale Revolution
- Timeline: Oil Dependence and U.S. Foreign Policy
- Who are the Major Players Supplying the World Oil Market?