The Relationship between Oil and Terrorism: A Comparison of AQAP and ISIS

  • Yaser Al Kindi

Student thesis: Master's Thesis


The aim of this thesis is to understand the relationship between oil and terrorism. In recent years, the expansion of the Islamic state demonstrates a form of terrorism that is different from the methods and operations of other groups such as Hezbollah and Al-Qaeda. The steady supply of oil is integral to our society and terrorism and instability in oil producing countries poses a threat to the oil industry. Terrorist organizations are known to have significant logistical, operational and financial connections with the production and sale of natural resources. These non-state armed groups that operate in conflict-ridden areas are generally able to profit from the production and trade of oil through territorial control. Although there is an array of literature focusing on terrorism and the various aspects of terrorism and terrorist organizations as well as report and news article on ISIS's use of oil, limited research has been conducted on the overall relationship between terrorism and oil. This thesis seeks to close that gap.
Date of AwardJul 2018
Original languageAmerican English
SupervisorAshley Rossiter (Supervisor)


  • Non-State Armed Groups
  • Oil
  • Natural Resources and Conflict.

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