Tristan Abbey is a writer living in Alexandria, Virginia. He previously served as director for strategic planning at the National Security Council and as a senior professional staff member at the US Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources. He is a graduate of Stanford University.
Does Middle East security really revolve around oil? According to this policy practitioner, doubts are accumulating about the “petrocentric” theory of the region's geopolitics, with anomalies that cannot be easily explained away by the conventional fixation on oil production. This essay draws on parallels from historical astronomy to suggest the time is ripe for a strategic revolution in the minds of American policy makers.