Professor Jeff Colgan is an Assistant Professor in the School of International Service. He is interested in the geopolitics of oil, the resource curse, international security, and international political economy. He has articles published or forthcoming in journals such as International Organization, World Politics, International Security, and Foreign Policy.
In his recent publication Petro-Aggression: When Oil Causes War, Jeff Colgan extends the idea of the resource curse into the realm of international relations, exploring how major oil-exporting countries form their foreign policy preferences and intentions. Using case studies including Iraq, Iran, Libya, Saudi Arabia, and Venezuela, this book offers new insight into why oil politics has a central role in global peace and conflict.