Oil, the State, and War: The Foreign Policies of Petrostates

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Georgetown University Press
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6.14 X 9.06 X 1.34 inches | 1.4 pounds

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About the Author

Emma Ashford is a senior fellow in the New American Engagement Initiative at the Scowcroft Center for Strategy and Security at the Atlantic Council and a nonresident fellow at the Modern War Institute at West Point. Her work focuses on questions of grand strategy, international security, and the future of US foreign policy. Ashford is a regular columnist for Foreign Policy, and a term member of the Council on Foreign Relations.


Oil, the State, and War is a book that helps understand the times we live in. It will be a great addition to the library of both the general reader interested in global affairs and the political scientist. Ashford's book combines, in a difficult feat, expertise with an accessible style.

-- "The New Arab"

...Oil, the State, and War: The Foreign Policies of Petrostates is a seminal study that will have special value for students, academia, governmental policy makers, peace activists, and non-specialist general readers with an interest in the subject.

-- "Midwest Book Review"

The book is written with clear prose and an avoidance of excessive jargon that will make it appealing to policymakers, college students, and general audiences, but also includes research and findings that will be of interest to academics and specialists.

-- "History: Reviews of New Books"

The author provides a valuable contribution on the role that domestic oil production can play in the development and execution of foreign policy.

-- "International Affairs"