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HPOL Colloquium: Energy and America's Long War in the Middle East
Tuesday, May 13, 2014
3:30 PM-5:00 PM
Toby Jones, PhD, associate professor of history, Rutgers University
Oil and war have a deeply entangled history. Nowhere has this been more true than in the oil-rich Persian Gulf, where oil producing states and outside powers, especially the United States, have struggled sometimes violently to secure their primacy over what has become a global energy regime. While it is commonly posited that wars in the region can or should be understood as struggles for control over oil, "Energy and America's Long War in the Middle East" encourages a new way of seeing the relationships between oil, energy, war and global capitalism.
Toby Jones, PhD, examines the techno-political and militarized relations that came into being around oil and its distribution in the 1980s, and argues that the distinction between energy and war were erased, collapsed in a new material order of militarized-energy networks with its epicenter in the Persian Gulf.
Lauren Farmer, Program Coordinator