1st Edition

Arab Petro-Politics

By Abdulaziz Al_Sowayegh Copyright 1984

    First Published in 1984, Arab Petro-Politics argues that oil is important to Arab world both as an instrument for economic development and as an element of political influence. Oil has changed the political and economic structures and policies in the Middle East and dramatically influenced political alignments both within the region and between the region and the world’s greatest powers. The book seeks to explain Arab oil policy both in economic terms and as political leverage to support Arab demands. Its main thesis is that the oil crisis is inextricably part of the Arab Israeli conflict despite the tendency amongst Western Middle East specialists to separate oil question from the Palestinian issue.

    This book is an important historical document for scholars and researchers of international oil economics, Middle East politics, and Middle East history.

    List of Tables List of Figures List of Abbreviations Preface Acknowledgement Part I: The Oil Industry and the Arab World 1. Arab Oil: An Introduction 2. Major Actors in the Oil Game 3. OPEC: Oil Consciousness in the Middle East 4. OPEC’s Achievements Part II: Arab Oil and the Palestine Conflict 5. Oil and the Palestinian Question 6. The West and the Creation of Israel 7. Israel and the Western Strategy in the Middle East 8. The Arab League and the Arab Oil Policy Part III: The Politicization of Arab Oil 9. The Politicization of Arab Oil 10. Previous Attempts to Use Oil as a Political Weapon 11. The Arab Oil Revolution, 1970-73: Revenues, Prices, and Agreements 12. The Arab Oil Revolution, 1970-73: Participation versus Nationalization Part IV: Arab Oil Strategy 13. Arab Oil Strategy 14. The 1973 Ramadan War’s Impact on the Industrialized Countries 15. Oil and Arab-American Relations Part V: Arab Petro power: An Evaluation 16. The Nature and Substance of Arab Oil Power 17. Oil and Alternative Energy Sources 18. Conclusions Index


    Abdulaziz Al_Sowayegh