Book cover of The Oil Wars Myth: Petroleum and the Causes of International Conflict by Emily Meierding
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The Oil Wars Myth: Petroleum and the Causes of International Conflict

Do countries fight wars for oil? Given the resource’s exceptional military and economic importance, most people assume that states will do anything to obtain it. Challenging this conventional wisdom,┬áThe Oil Wars Myth┬áreveals that countries do not launch major conflicts to acquire petroleum resources. Emily Meierding argues that the costs of foreign invasion, territorial occupation, international retaliation, and damage to oil company relations deter even the most powerful countries from initiating “classic oil wars.” […Learn More]