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Scholarly Publications

Oil Scarcity Ideology in US National Security Policy, 1909‐1980

February 2013

Abstract Over the past century peak oil forecasts have had a profound influence on US national security policy.  Unquestioned acceptance of a variety of oil scarcity forecasts, all of which proved...

Risk Attitudes Shape National Oil Company Strategies

June 2012

Abstract Mark C. Thurber, David R. Hults National oil companies (NOCs) often behave in strikingly different ways from one another and from private, international oil companies (IOCs).

Oil and Governance: State-owned Enterprises and the World Energy Supply

January 2012

National oil companies (NOCs) produce most of the world’s oil and natural gas and bankroll governments across the globe.

Other Publications

2012 winners of The William J. Perry Prize and the Firestone Medal for Excellence in Undergraduate Research

June 2012

Stephen Craig: "Tamed Tiger or Restless Beast?

The Flawed Logic of Striking Iran

January 2012

Matthew Kroenig's argument for preventive military action to combat Tehran's nuclear program -- "Time to Attack Iran" (January/February 2012) -- suffers from three problems.

Technology Can Nudge Climate Change Politics

October 2011

Reducing carbon-dioxide emissions is primarily a political problem, rather than a technological one.

News

Do State-Owned Companies Have Inside Access to the World’s Oil and Gas Resources?

January 2013

In a public lecture at the University of Tulsa, PESD associate director Mark Thurber critically considers the idea that national oil companies (NOCs) are elbowing aside private players, both on...

Honors students win accolades for undergraduate research

June 2012

CISAC's honors program is a year of rigorous research and work, which culminates in the production of a senior thesis, with guidance from Stanford's renowned faculty.

Events

Oil-Gotten Gains: Petrodollars, Abscam, and Arab American Activism, 1973-1981

September 22, 2016

Abstract: In the 1970s, soaring oil prices provided huge revenues to oil producing Arab countries, which, together with private Arab companies and individuals, invested billions of dollars in the U...

Oil and Urban Life in Kuwait

April 20, 2016

AbstractIn this talk Farah Al-Nakib will discuss her recently released book Kuwait Transformed: A History of Oil and Urban Life (Stanford University Press, 2016), in which she traces the...

A Career In and Around US Foreign Policy — Reflections and Observations

February 4, 2014

Ambassador Bosworth looks back on a career spanning five decades and foreign service assignments in Panama, Madrid, Paris, Tunis, Manila, Seoul and Washington.  Drawing on his involvement in issues...

Projects

Networks of Fear: The Dynamics of Extortion in Mexico’s Criminal Insurgency

We study the dynamics and logic of extortion in Mexico’s drug war.
English

Economic Consequences of Violence

The Poverty and Governance Program has an ongoing research agenda aiming to evaluate the impact of drug-related violence on economic activity.
English

Oil palm development in Indonesia: Demand, trade, and land use

Indonesia is currently the world’s top palm oil producer.
English

Multimedia

Benin solar market gardens: video gallery

March 2012

This video gallery features the success story of a women's farming group in Nothern Benin who through the adoption of solar-powered irrigation pumps increased household income and nutritional intake in just one year.

People

Terry L. Karl Professor, Political Science
Mark C. Thurber Associate Director for Research
Ognen Stojanovski Research Scholar
Chris Bruegge PhD Candidate
Seth Krummrich Visiting Scholar, CDDRL
Kathy Lung Operations Manager