Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies Program on Energy and Sustainable Development Stanford University


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Axis of Oil?

Journal Article

David G. Victor
Nadejda M. Victor

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Foreign Affairs, Vol. 82 no. 2
March/April 2003

Russia and the United States have settled on oil as the basis of a new partnership. This move is dangerous, however, because it ignores the divergent interests of the two countries and their inability to influence global oil markets. Indeed, war in Iraq could tear this partnership apart. A far better basis for U.S. - Russian ties would be the two nations' durable common interest in developing and safeguarding nuclear power.