There Will Be Blood

Author
Nicholas Shaxson
Content Type
Journal Article
Journal
Foreign Affairs
Volume
87
Issue Number
5
Publication Date
September/October 2008
Institution
Council on Foreign Relations
Abstract
Michael Ross ("Blood Barrels," May/June 2008) argues that oil triggers conflict in three main ways: fluctuating oil prices lead to economic instability, which is followed by political instability; oil wealth supports insurgencies; and oil wealth encourages separatism. These factors are important, but Ross is too selective. Embedding them in a broader framework would be more illuminating and would better inform policy.