Wilson Center Projects
“The Pathways from Oil to War”
Jeff D. Colgan is the Richard Holbrooke Associate Professor of Political Science at Brown University and Director of the Climate Solutions Lab at the Watson Institute of Public and International Affairs. His research focuses on international order, especially as it relates to energy and the environment. His forthcoming book Partial Hegemony: Oil Politics and International Order (Oxford University Press, October 2021) investigates how countries and other actors have been able to sustain meaningful international governing arrangements to solve tough problems, and uses that history to consider climate change. His previous book was Petro-Aggression: When Oil Causes War (Cambridge University Press, 2013). Prior to Brown University, he worked at McKinsey & Company, the World Bank, and American University. Professor Colgan spent the 2012-2013 academic year at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars.