Simulation Response Paper

Simulation Response Paper - Jim Stanley Prof. Robison POLS...

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Jim Stanley Prof. Robison POLS 157 November 16, 2009 Reflection on Last Week’s “Oil Shockwave” Simulation Last week’s simulation of a serious disruption in the world oil supply offered valuable insight into the decision making process of America’s high level foreign policy advisors, as well as the country’s vulnerability to fluctuations in the world oil markets. The simulation began with a report of a terrorist attack on the straits connecting the Black Sea with the Mediterranean Sea. This resulted in the closure of the straits, disrupting the flow of oil from the Black Sea. This was followed by two attacks on oil tankers in Saudi Arabia, further destabilizing the global energy markets. After discussion, the group recommended to the President a 100 day drawdown of the Strategic Petroleum Reserves at half the maximum rate, measures to cut domestic oil consumption, and support for emerging oil producers such as Nigeria. The second day of the simulation involved a continuation of the first’s scenario. While the straits were almost operable again, we
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This note was uploaded on 04/13/2010 for the course POLS 157 taught by Professor Gordonrobison during the Summer '09 term at Vermont.

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