Petro-Agresssion: How Has Oil Fuelled Global Conflict?

Petro-Agresssion: How Has Oil Fuelled Global Conflict?

How many wars have been fought over oil? It is often claimed that oil has been the leading cause of conflict in recent years, from Iraq to Crimea to the South China Sea. Petroleum played a key role in the Second World War - it fuelled the war efforts of both the Allies and the Axis, and countless battles were fought over control of oil reserves. This historic link between conflict and oil might seem obvious to many, but for some historians it is overblown. Explore the debate with TIM WINEGARD, author of The First World Oil War and EMILY MEIERDING, author of The Oil Wars Myth: Petroleum and the Causes of International Conflict. Chaired by BBC Newsnight's MARK URBAN.