United States Role in State Formation in Saudi Arabia

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In my paper I will focus on the United States’ role in state formation in Saudi Arabia to understand importance of the Saudi Petrol in the U.S. economy with regard to recent debates about increasing oil production in the U.S. economy.

What are these debates about increasing oil production in the U.S. economy? According to, International Energy Agency (IEA) report, import oil dependence is decreasing while cruel oil production is increasing in the U.S. In 2035, U.S will be almost self-sufficient in energy . Increasing in domestic oil production causes to reduce country’s oil dependence to OPEC oil cartels. This is the natural cause of the increasing oil production. However, what is peculiar in this situation is that every OPEC country is not affected by the same rate of reduction. One of the countries that are not affected by high reduction rate is Saudi Arabia . The U.S. is still the top customers of Saudi oil . Therefore, the starting point of my research for my paper is to find why Saudi Arabia is indispensible for the U.S. For this, I decided to focus on state formation, and I scanned whole literature about the U.S. role in state formation in Saudi Arabia.

It is hard to find directly related researches about U.S role in the state formation in Saudi Arabia. On the other hand, there is plenty of works, which focus on state formation in Saudi Arabia, the United States-Saudi Arabia relations, Arabian American Oil Company or the rentier state theory. Therefore, it is like an unfinished puzzle that should been pieced together by collecting necessary parts of all related materials in these topics. This is what I did in my literature review.

Main problem at the beginning of my research is that I could not decide which time period ...

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Kostiner, Joseph. "Transformation Dualities: Tribe and State Formation in Saudi Arabia." In Tribes and state formation in the Middle East. Berkeley, Calif.: University of California Press, 1990. 226-251.
Lippman, Thomas W.. Inside the mirage: America's fragile partnership with Saudi Arabia. Boulder, Colo.: Westview Press, 2004.
Mitchell, Timothy. Carbon democracy: political power in the age of oil. London: Verso, 2011.
Vitalis, Robert. "Aramco World: Business and Culture on the Arabian Oil Frontier." In Counter-narratives: history, contemporary society, and politics in Saudi Arabia and Yemen. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2004. 151-182.
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