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Crude Awakenings: Global Oil Security and American Foreign Policy Paperback – March 11, 2010

ISBN-13: 978-0801476501 ISBN-10: 080147650X Edition: 1st
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"Crude Awakenings is smart, practical, and convincing. . . . Yetiv argues that while trade and 'dependency' may put nations into conflict, it also pulls them together. . . . We must deal with the owners of energy just as people in cities must rely on farmers for food. . . . In an interdependent world, Mr. Yetiv notes, it is impossible for the U.S. to withdraw from the Mideast. In fact, the real 'nightmare scenario' would be if 'modest acts of terrorism were to drive the United States from the Gulf or to scale back its presence.' The power vacuum would be far more dangerous to us and everyone else than our current level of engagement."―Wall Street Journal, 16 September 2004

"Yetiv provides an invaluable guide to the realities that surround the supply of global oil to the world economy. At a time when political analysts and policy makers agree that threats to the global supply of oil have never been greater, Yetiv asserts that such assumptions about oil markets are misleading and wrong. . . . This fine piece of scholarship clearly enhances understanding of global oil security."―Choice, March 2005

"This is an excellent book that goes against the grain of much of today's thinking. It is a rare example of superb integration of domestic politics, geopolitics, international politics, and market economics. Steve A. Yetiv sheds light on an important subject that pertains to the largest single sector of global trade and the locus of two very large wars fought by the United States over the past dozen years."―Edward L. Morse, former Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for International Energy Policy

"Crude Awakenings is a fine piece of scholarship that enhances our understanding of global oil security."―Joseph S. Nye, former Assistant Secretary of Defense

"At a time when academics, journalists, and policymakers agree that threats to the global supply of oil have never been greater, Steve A. Yetiv offers a powerful argument that they are all wrong. According to Yetiv, oil disruptions are less likely and more easily coped with today than they have been since the oil embargo of 1973. This welcome state of affairs is due to long term developments such as global interdependence, the development of alternative fuels, the emergence of new suppliers, the moderation of rogue states, the effects of the collapse of the Soviet Union, the creation of strategic petroleum reserves, and even the American occupation of Iraq. In Yetiv's view, these factors collectively militate against the oil producers launching another embargo and mitigate the damage to the importing states if they do. Yetiv amasses a large array of sources to make his points, all of which are presented in clear, jargon-free prose. This is must reading for anyone concerned with the role of oil in international politics and American foreign policy."―Steven R. David, Professor, Director of International Studies Program, The Johns Hopkins University

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Thirty years after OAPEC shattered world markets for oil, the Western world remains profoundly dependent on foreign, particularly Middle Eastern, sources of petroleum. U.S. political rhetoric is suffused with claims about the vulnerability caused by this dependence. Hence, many political analysts assume that a search for stability of petroleum supplies is an important element of contemporary American foreign policy.

Steve A. Yetiv argues that common assumptions about oil markets are wrong. Although prices remain volatile, Yetiv’s account portrays a world market in petroleum products far more benign and predictable than the one to which we are accustomed. In Crude Awakenings, he identifies and analyzes real and potential threats to the global energy supply, including wars, revolutions, coups, dangerous alliances, oil embargoes, Islamic radicalism, and transnational terrorism. However, he also shows how some of these threats have been mitigated and how global oil security has been reinforced. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 248 pages
  • Publisher: Cornell University Press; 1 edition (March 11, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 080147650X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0801476501
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 6.2 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,877,010 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Dr. Steve Yetiv is a professor of international studies at Old Dominion University and author of seven books on energy security, American foreign policy, and decision making. In 2012, he won Virginia's highest academic honor--the Outstanding Faculty Award. He has consulted with the U.S. Departments of State and Defense, and CNN International where he worked on a documentary that won an Edward R. Murrow Overseas Press Club Award. His recent opeds have appeared in papers including the NYT, LAT, and Washington Post. His forthcoming book from Johns Hopkins University Press is Errors of Decision--on how cognitive biases of decisionmaking have hurt American national security. Web Page: http://www.odu.edu/~syetiv/

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Silver Fox on June 5, 2011
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this book is an outstanding review of global oil security and american foreign policy. it provides a comprehensive history, the book is well-written and easy to understand. really enjoyed it.
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2 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Robin Orlowski on September 29, 2005
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This case study of the comparatively popular 1990-1991 Persian Gulf War examined the domestic pressures which then-President George H.W. Bush had on his foreign policy choices. Interviews conducted during 1996-1999 with former administration officials provide important insights how that Iraq war was fought--and why it was won with relatively little causalities.

Needing to deflect citizen attention and scrutiny from his less-than stellar domestic policies, Bush shamelessly and openly promoted Saddam Hussein as a Arabic Adolph Hitler.

Because the now dead German dictator remains one of the most loathed figures in world history, the president's label provided an instant rallying point for a majority of Americans and world leaders to act. Since appeasement had failed so miserably the first time, very few people were eager to attempt a reenactment, proactively stopping another Hitler was its own tangible evidence and justification rolled into one.

Bush was able to position himself as the commander because he had ample congressional support (from then-Democratic majorities), funding, international coalition allies, and a challenge which itself was not difficult to manage. Critically differing from Hitler, Saddam did not have a coalition of Middle East states openly supporting him and the countries nearest to Iraq ultimately donated space for the allies to stage their own forces.

With America currently in a much different Iraq war with another Bush, this book is an essential read. It is important remembering however those international successes could not negate the American people from examining the domestic economy performance.
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