U.S. Independence from Foreign Oil Introduction Few international relations (IR) questions are more pressing than energy issues, and, in the U.S., the chief energy issue is independence from foreign oil. This essay will examine the topic of U.S. independence from foreign oil as an IR question, rather than as a technical possibility, and conclude that such dependence is not in fact the liability that its critics make it out to be. The conclusion is that hegemonic stability theory requires the U.S. to be in some degree dependent on other states, and that the current dependence on foreign oil is what allows the U.S. to exercise stable hegemony in the first place. From one perspective, U.S. oil independence (achieved either through the...The end:
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