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OPEC and Iraq

November 23, 2007

Was the Iraq war designed to break up OPEC?

Do OPEC states now have a perverse incentive to favor continued instability in Iraq?

I explore these questions today on my blog: “Oil: the third rail of the Iraq debate.”

Sorry, I probably just should have posted it here.

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Rodger A. Payne is a Professor of Political Science at the University of Louisville. He serves on the University’s Sustainability Council and was a co-founder of the Peace, Conflict, and Social Justice program. He is the author of dozens of journal articles and book chapters and coauthor, with Nayef Samhat, of Democratizing Global Politics: Discourse Norms, International Regimes, and Political Community (SUNY, 2004). He is currently working on two major projects, one exploring the role of narratives in international politics and the other examining the implications of America First foreign policy.