[P4742] The Prize?: Energy, Security, and Expertise

Created by Osamah Khalil
Monday, 11/20/17 8:00am


Oil has been described as "power" and the "lifeblood" of the global economy. The reliance on and control of energy resources is often a simple and convenient explanation for America's involvement in and policies toward the Middle East. Yet the emphasis on, and the global competition over, energy resources can be misleading. Our interdisciplinary and transnational panel examines the intersection of and tensions between energy, security, and expertise.

Was U.S. foreign policy influenced by the ideology of oil scarcity? What role did American missionaries play in the Anglo-American competition for oil resources from the Persian Gulf? Did American business and foreign policy interests clash or converge over supporting Iraq's Ba'th Party in the 1960s? What role did Libya play in challenging and perpetuating the relationship between instability and oil resources?

Our panel seeks to answer these and other questions through separate but related case studies from the end of World War I to the present.






Brandon Wolfe-Hunnicutt

(Cal State Stanislaus)
Brandon Wolfe-Hunnicutt is an Assistant Professor of U.S., Middle East, and World History at California State University, Stanislaus. His research focuses on U.S. foreign policy in the Middle East and the political economy of oil.
Panel Participating Role(s): Presenter;

Osamah Khalil

(Syracuse University)
Osamah Khalil is Assistant Professor of U.S. and Middle East History at Syracuse University's Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs.
Panel Participating Role(s): Chair; Discussant; Organizer;

Jacob A. Mundy

(Colgate University)
Jacob Mundy holds a PhD in Arab and Islamic Studies from the University of Exeter. He is currently an Associate Professor in the Peace & Conflict Studies and Middle Eastern & Islamic Studies programs at Colgate University. He is the author of...
Panel Participating Role(s): Presenter;

Roger Stern

(University of Tulsa / University of Pennsylvania Visiting Scholar)
Panel Participating Role(s): Presenter;

Karine Walther

(Georgetown University Qatar)
Panel Participating Role(s): Presenter;