Energy and America's Long War in the Middle East

The Center for Contemporary Arab Studies presents 


The Annual MAAS Lecture


featuring Toby Jones

Associate Professor, Department of History, Rutgers University


"Energy and America's Long War in the Middle East"


Monday, May 12, 2014

5:30 - 7:00 p.m. 

CCAS Boardroom, ICC 241

Georgetown University


Oil and war have a deeply entangled history. Nowhere has this been more true than in the oil rich Persian Gulf, where oil producing states and outside powers, especially the United States, have struggled sometimes violently to secure their primacy over what has become a global energy regime. While it is commonly posited that wars in the region can or should be understood as struggles for control over oil, "Energy and America's Long War in the Middle East" encourages a new way of seeing the relationships between oil, energy, war, and global capitalism. In particular, by examining the technopolitical and militarized relations that came into being around oil and its distribution in the 1980s, I argue that the distinction between energy and war were erased, collapsed in a new material order of militarized-energy networks with its epicenter in the Persian Gulf. 


Toby C. Jones is an associate professor of history at Rutgers University. He has lived and worked extensively in the Middle East, including several years in Saudi Arabia and Bahrain. During 2008-2009 he was a fellow at Princeton University's Oil, Energy, and the Middle East project. From 2004 to early 2006 Jones worked as the Persian Gulf political analyst for the International Crisis Group. His research interests focus on the environment, energy, and the history of science and technology. He is the author of 'Desert Kingdom: How Oil and Water Forged Modern Saudi Arabia' (Harvard University Press, 2010) and is currently working on two new books, 'America's Oil Wars' (under contract at Harvard University Press) and 'Running Dry: Essays on Environmental Crisis' (under contract with Rutgers University Press). He has written for the International Journal of Middle East Studies, Journal of American History, Middle East Report, Raritan Quarterly Review, The Nation, The Atlantic, the London Review of Books, the New York Times, and elsewhere. Jones is a member of the Editorial Committee at Middle East Report, Director of Rutgers' Center for Middle Eastern Studies and Co-Director of the Rutgers Center for Historical Analysis.


For general inquiries, please contact:

(202) 687-6215

Monday, May 12, 2014 at 5:30pm to 7:00pm

Edward B. Bunn, S.J. Intercultural Center, CCAS Boardroom, ICC 241
37th and O St., N.W., Washington

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Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service, Center for Contemporary Arab Studies




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