Graduation Year

Spring 2012

Document Type

Campus Only Senior Thesis

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts



Reader 1

William Ascher

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Since the early 1970s, the U.S. government has relied on Saudi Arabia to ensure price stability in the oil market--a foreign policy that is both dangerous and hypocritical. Yet recent market developments, including increasing sources of unconventional supply in the Western Hemisphere and better energy efficiency worldwide, are calling the effectiveness of that reliance into question. Whereas unconditional support for the Saudi regime had previously been the only option for the U.S. government, U.S. foreign policymakers may now be able to hedge their risky relationship with the Saudis through a variety of other options.


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