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The Petroleum Triangle: Oil, Globalization, and Terror

Steve A. Yetiv


This book tells the interconnected story of oil, globalization, and terrorism. It asks how Al-Qaeda, a small band of terrorists, became such a real and perceived threat to American and global security, a threat viewed as profound enough to motivate the strongest power in world history to undertake extraordinary actions, including two very costly wars. The book argues that Middle East oil and globalization have combined to augment the real and perceived threat of transnational terrorism. Globalization has allowed terrorists to do things that otherwise would be more difficult and costly: exploit ... More

Keywords: Middle East oil, globalization, terrorism, Al-Qaeda, terrorists, American security, global security, transnational terrorism, global politics

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780801450020
Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: August 2016 DOI:10.7591/cornell/9780801450020.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Steve A. Yetiv, author
Professor of Political Science and International Studies, Old Dominion University