U S National Security Concern For The 1980's: Oil Export Potential In Latin America

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Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)


International Studies


Petroleum has become of major strategic importance for virtually every nation in the world. The United States has become highly vulnerable to political and economic threats as a result of an overdependence on oil imports. Further, the major U.S. oil import sources are located in regions of the world which are not conducive to defense and security strategy because of the vast distance involved (land as well as oceans). Thus, a major U.S. national security concern for the 1980s is finding alternative import sources which are defensible, reliable and more susceptible to being available in times of crises. The oil export developments in Latin America have great promise. This study analyzes these oil developments with the thought that policy options need to be developed which will create "special" relationships based on mutual hemispheric security needs.


Political Science, International Law and Relations

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