Graduation Year

Spring 2012

Document Type

Campus Only Senior Thesis

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts


International Relations

Reader 1

William Ascher

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An analysis of the historical relationship between the petrostate, state oil company and international oil company in the context of the resource nationalism phenomenon and its consequences to the existing contractual frameworks . Negotiating techniques and contractual stabilizing mechanisms are explored in order to identify the main parameters and conditions necessary to optimize the interaction between these key players in the international oil industry. Quantitative and qualitative aspects of the contracts are identified in order to recommend new paradigms for a more harmonic future in the oil industry.

This thesis is restricted to the Claremont Colleges current faculty, students, and staff.