The U.S. Shale Boom and the Middle East

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dc.contributor.author Makdessy, Rachel
dc.date.accessioned 2022-06-16T06:29:32Z
dc.date.available 2022-06-16T06:29:32Z
dc.date.copyright 2021 en_US
dc.date.issued 2021-04-15
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10725/13696
dc.description.abstract For decades, the United States’ interests in the Middle East have been highly influenced by America’s need to secure the free flow of oil from the Persian Gulf region. Yet, while reliance on Middle East oil has restricted U.S foreign policy options towards the region, the surge in domestic shale oil and gas since late 2008 has brought unequivocal advantages for American statecraft. As U.S petroleum imports from the Middle East began to drop and shale oil found new grounds on global energy markets, the Obama administration came upon a significant political toolkit. The 2015 nuclear agreement with Iran has been termed President Obama’s ‘legacy’ in the Middle East. It has also brought to light the role of U.S shale oil in supporting American diplomacy and sanctioning endeavors against the Iranian regime. This thesis tackles this particular case as it showcases how capitalizing on this shale boom has provided President Obama with foreign policy options that were not attainable to his predecessor George W. Bush. The analysis offered complements theoretical paradigms in International Relations with empirical evidence on the role of energy politics. The thesis hence reveals how shale oil served as a geopolitical force supporting American actions against Iran as an oil-rich nation and a U.S adversary in the Middle East. en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.subject Obama, Barack en_US
dc.subject Energy policy -- United States en_US
dc.subject Petroleum industry and trade -- Middle East en_US
dc.subject Energy security en_US
dc.subject United States -- Foreign relations -- 21st century en_US
dc.subject Lebanese American University -- Dissertations en_US
dc.subject Dissertations, Academic en_US
dc.title The U.S. Shale Boom and the Middle East en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US
dc.title.subtitle How the Obama Administration Leveraged American Oil to Advance U.S Interests in the Region en_US
dc.term.submitted Spring en_US
dc.author.degree MA in International Affairs en_US
dc.author.school SAS en_US
dc.author.idnumber 201700836 en_US
dc.author.commembers Baroudi, Sami
dc.author.commembers Skulte-Ouaiss, Jennifer
dc.author.department Social and Education Sciences en_US
dc.description.physdesc 1 online resource (ix, 142 leaves) en_US
dc.author.advisor Karam, Jeffrey G.
dc.keywords U.S foreign policy en_US
dc.keywords U.S Energy Policy en_US
dc.keywords Energy Security en_US
dc.keywords Middle East en_US
dc.keywords Iran en_US
dc.keywords Economic Sanctions en_US
dc.description.bibliographiccitations Bibliography: leaf 128-142. en_US
dc.identifier.doi https://doi.org/10.26756/th.2022.218
dc.author.email rachel.makdessy@lau.edu.lb en_US
dc.identifier.tou http://libraries.lau.edu.lb/research/laur/terms-of-use/thesis.php en_US
dc.publisher.institution Lebanese American University en_US
dc.author.affiliation Lebanese American University en_US

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