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Volume 6, Issue 2.
In the past decade two major oil shocks have convulsed the global economy. In the United States experts have written extensively on every aspect of those shocks as they have affected the United States, but little attention has focused on the energy security problems facing America's allies. In this article, Allen D. Jebsen examines the energy security ... read moreproblems and strategies of France and West Germany. Beginning with the historical context of the world-wide energy security threat, Jebsen goes on to describe the roles West Germany and France have played in controlling the domestic oil industry, redirecting domestic energy consumption, and generally reducing vulnerability to oil shocks. Among his findings is evidence that the political systems of both France and West Germany hinder the development of efficient energy security policies. Jebsen then explores the foreign policy remedies taken by France and West Germany in response to their energy problems. His conclusions, based on the full spectrum of domestic and international concerns of each country, indicate that both countries have serious reason to view their policies to date as inadequate.