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David Wight

U.S. Foreign Policy and International Security Fellow

David Wight is a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Dickey Center in US Foreign Policy and International Relations, where he is completing his book manuscript Oil Money: Middle East Petrodollars and the Transformation of American Empire, 1967-1986, which is contracted for publication with Cornell University Press in its “The United States in the World” series.  Based on newly available governmental and nongovernmental sources and English and Arabic language media, Oil Money is the first study to comprehensively explain how the surge in petrodollar profits of oil-rich states during the long 1970s dramatically changed logics of power and relationships between the United States and the Middle East and North Africa.  Additional publications by Wight include the article “Kissinger’s Levantine Dilemma: The Ford Administration and the Syrian Occupation of Lebanon” in Diplomatic History.  He has previously been a fellow at the Belfer Center at Harvard University and earned his Ph.D. in History from the University of California, Irvine.

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Education: 
B.A. University of California, Santa Barbara
M.A. University of California, Irvine
Ph.D. University of California, Irvine
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