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Students love good stories. That is why case studies are such a powerful way to engage students while teaching them about concepts fundamental to the study of international relations. Cases in International Relations helps students understand the context of headline events in the international arena. Organized into three main parts—military, economic, and human security—the book's fifteen cases examine enduring and emerging issues from the longstanding Arab-Israeli conflict to the rapidly changing field of cyber-security. Compatible with a variety of theoretical perspectives, the cases consider a dispute's origins, issue development, and resolution so that readers see the underlying dynamics of state behavior and can try their hand at applying theory.
Chapter 16: Social Responsibility and the BP Oil Spill
Social Responsibility and the BP Oil Spill
In this chapter we will review the events that led up to the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill, in which millions of barrels of oil, or petroleum, seeped into the Gulf of Mexico, and the actions taken by the United States and international entities involved in the event. The Deepwater Horizon spill brought to the forefront the difficult balance that exists between today's modern world—generally a petroleum-dependent society—and the need to protect the environment. It also made the world's interconnectedness apparent. Many countries and people are interested in the existing global reserve of petroleum and are willing to pay good money for access to it. Additionally, the world now functions under an ...