Are oil-rich countries prone to war? There is a widely held belief that contemporary wars are motivated by the desire of great powers like the United States or Russia to control precious oil resources & to ensure energy security. This book argues that the main reason why oil-rich countries are prone to war is because of the character of their society & economy. Sectarian groups compete for access to oil resources and finance their military adventures through smuggling oil, kidnapping oil executives, or blowing up pipelines.

Outside intervention only makes things worse. The use of conventional military force as in Iraq can bring neither stability nor … More