The Scramble for African Oil

The Scramble for African Oil : Oppression, Corruption and War for Control of Africa's Natural Resources

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This is a history of the abuses suffered by Africa through colonial, imperial and capitalistic scrambles for oil that have plagued the continent for centuries. France, the US, Portugal, Spain and other western nations have continually plundered Africa's resources, leading to political corruption and the annihilation of democracy that continues to this day.*BR**BR*Extraordinary stories reach far into the depths of domination and control. Neo-colonialism in Gabon, Yankee Landlords of Cabinda and the World Bank in Chad are explored, as is the growth of kleptocracy, the rise of multinational corporations and the legacy of slavery. *BR**BR*Concluding with evidence of how Africans have refused to remain passive in the face of such developments, forming movements to challenge this new attempt at domination, this book challenges our understanding of Africa, raising questions about the consequences of our reliance on foreign resources.
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  • Hardback | 272 pages
  • 135 x 215 x 22.86mm | 498.95g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0745330460
  • 9780745330464

Table of contents



1. Foreign States and Trade Relations

- Colonialism, Neo-Colonialism and Globalization

- Reserves, Production, Peak Oil and War

- Case Study: Neo-Colonialism in Gabon

- French Domination by Elf-Gabon

2. Multinational Corporations and Nationalization

- The Legacy of Geography?

- The Legacy of Slavery?

- Case Study: Yankee Landlords of Cabinda

- Portuguese Colonialism, American Imperialism

- Angolan Nationalism and the MPLA

3. International Organization and Governance

- Improving Governance in Africa's Oil Sector

- International Organizations: TI, Global Witness, PWYP, EITI

- Case Study: Chad and the World Bank Model

4. Rentier States and Kleptocracy

- Oil Rent and the Rentier

- Rentier Mentality, Allocation State

- Spanish Guinea (1778-1968)

- Dictatorial Guinea

5. Praetorian Regimes and Terror

- Soldiers and Oil

- Typology of Military States

- The Military in Congo-Brazzaville

- From Praetorian Rule to Personal Dictatorship


6. Journalists and Intellectuals

- The Treason of the Clerks

- Cameroon: the Agathon of Mongo Beti

- The Return to Cameroon

7. Political Parties and Elections

- Electoral Democracy in Africa

- Multiparty Democracy in Sao Tome E Principe

- Oil and Corruption in Multiparty Democracy

8. Armed Struggle for Independence

- Oil and War

- Regional Identity and Violence

- Southern Identity and Violence in Sudan

- John Garang and the 'New Sudan'

9. Popular Resistance and People Power

- Things Don't Fall Apart

- Oil and Violence in the Niger Delta

- Collapsing the Failed State

10. Unscrambling the Scramble for African Oil

- Solution 1: Controlling Corruption

- Solution 2: Direct Distribution of Oil Revenues

- Solution 3: Invest in Social Development

- Solution 4: Boycott African Oil

- Solution 5: Stop Consuming Oil


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Review quote

'Yates brilliantly scales the walls of the oil fortress in Africa and shines a light into the complex politics - local, national and global - of the oil and gas industry' -- Michael Watts, 'Class of 1963' Professor of Geography and Development Studies at the University of California, Berkeley 'Essential reading for anyone seeking an understanding of the 'resource curse', the global exploitation of Africa's resources and the troubled state of African politics' -- Michael Klare, Professor of Peace and World Security Studies, Hampshire College and author of Rising Powers, Shrinking Planet: The New Geopolitics of Energy
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About Douglas A. Yates

Douglas A. Yates is Professor of International Relations and Diplomacy at the American Graduate School, International and Comparative Politics at the American University of Paris, and Anglo-American Law at the University of Cergy-Pontoise. His most recent book is The French Oil Industry and the Corps des Mines in Africa (2009).
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