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The Petroleum TriangleOil, Globalization, and Terror$
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Steve A. Yetiv

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780801450020

Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: August 2016

DOI: 10.7591/cornell/9780801450020.001.0001

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(p.201) Conclusion
The Petroleum Triangle

Steve A. Yetiv

Cornell University Press

This concluding chapter summarizes some key points and analyzes the question of how globalization has impacted the struggle between the terrorists and the United States and its allies. This book has explored the myriad connections among Middle Eastern oil, globalization, and terrorism. It argued that globalization is not, by and large, a positive force with regard to the issue of transnational terrorism, especially if Middle East oil and oil-related issues are taken into account. The most likely positive effects of globalization do not seem to mitigate the negative impact of Middle East oil and globalization on terrorism much. However, changes are underway which might work against terrorism. One positive change is that the Saudis, since around 2003–4, have become more cooperative in fighting terrorism and cutting off the flow of funds to Al-Qaeda. Another positive change is that Iraq stabilized from 2007 to 2010. In addition, polling data from 2002 to 2008 showed that confidence in Bin Laden and Al-Qaeda had waned in the Muslim world.

Keywords:   globalization, terrorism, terrorists, United States, Saudi Arabia, Middle East oil, Al-Qaeda, Iraq

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