Does Oil Really Influence the Probability of Foreign Intervention?

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Katrin Kelley

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Professor Marty Jordan, Political Science

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It has been suggested that a disproportionate amount of the interventions by the United Nations organization occurs in countries that have valuable resources. This research attempts to examine relationship between countries which possess a valuable resource – in this case oil – and military intervention or actions by the UN. In particular, I explore the economic theory behind this research, namely that the UN gives preferential treatment to troubled areas of the world where a key global resource is located. While correlation does not imply causation, a positive result here would lend further evidence towards a more comprehensive analysis of this relationship. This research relies on the International Intervention Dataset, which is a collection of 1,083 observations on what determines military intervention and other actions by the United Nations.

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