Great Decisions in the Library - U.S. Foreign Policy and Petroleum
What is the effect of U.S. petroleum security on foreign policy? For forty-five years, the country has alternated between periods of energy security and insecurity, sometimes able to wield petroleum as a useful instrument of foreign policy, sometimes not. Despite the so-called “energy revolution,” the U.S. today is by no means disentangled from foreign dependence and global trends. In order to be successful, policymakers must recognize both petroleum security circumstances and patterns in the relationship between petroleum and foreign policy.
Great Decisions is America’s largest discussion program on world affairs. The Great Decisions program highlights eight critical foreign policy challenges facing Americans each year. In libraries across the country, Great Decisions discussion group participants discuss and debate each issue. Each session will focus on one of the eight challenges selected by the Foreign Policy Association, and will begin with a thirty minute video they have provided for each subject, after which a discussion will be led by an expert.