Journal Article - Quarterly Journal: International Security

Fueling the Fire: Pathways from Oil to War

  • Jeff D. Colgan
| Fall 2013


While the threat of "resource wars" over possession of oil reserves is often exaggerated, between one-quarter and one-half of interstate wars since 1973 have been connected to one or more of eight distinct oil-related causal mechanisms. Understanding these mechanisms can help policymakers design grand strategy and allocate military resources.

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For Academic Citation: Colgan, Jeff D.. Fueling the Fire: Pathways from Oil to War.” Quarterly Journal: International Security, vol. 38. no. 2. (Fall 2013):

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