Briefing: West Africa and its oil

TitleBriefing: West Africa and its oil
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2003
AuthorsS.D.K. Ellis
Secondary TitleAfrican affairs : the journal of the Royal African Society
Pagination135 - 138
Date Published2003///
Publication Languageeng
KeywordsAfrica, Central Africa, foreign policy, petroleum, politics, United States, West Africa

The US war on terrorism and preparations for war against Iraq have enormously increased the strategic value of West African oil reserves. This comes at a time when there have been massive new discoveries in offshore waters. This article focuses on the increased US interests in West African oil. It exposes the African oil lobby in Washington and describes a new form of public-private partnership between the World Bank Group, the government of Chad and private investors. Furthermore, the article discusses the effects that the US interest in enhanced oil production in West Africa is likely to have on West African politics in the next few years. Notes, ref. [ASC Leiden abstract]

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