The political turmoil in Syria is just one factor as oil prices reached a six-month high on August 27, and stability in the Middle East is being tested again.
Global oil prices are often affected by geo-political events, and fear of a disruption in supply and production can push up wholesale and retail prices temporarily.
Still, consumers may not see any direct or immediate effects, since Syria does not export oil, said Gary Lefort, an international business professor at American International College in Springfield, Mass. However, continued unrest may lead to a situation where other Arab countries such as Iran decide to cut back on oil production, creating a disruption in the Middle East.
The potential fallout from a disruption in oil prices is driving prices up, said Brian Youngberg, a senior energy analyst at Edward Jones in St. Louis.
U.S. consumers could see indirect consequences.
If the political situation continues to deteriorate, it could have an impact to other countries in the Middle East, said Lefort.