ACAS Bulletin

Debating Oil Development in Africa
(No. 64)
by Association of Concerned Africa Scholars
Houston, Texas, United States
Winter 2002/2003
62 pages
Contents: Introduction to the African Oil Development Debates by Meredeth Turshen • Expanding Petroleum Production in Africa by Richard Knight • Oil, Arms and Violence in Africa by Daniel Volman, African Security Research Project • (Sp)oils of Politics: Petroleum, Politics, and the Illusion of Development in the Niger Delta, Nigeria by Okechukwu Ibeanu • Sudan: Oil and War by Jemera Rone, Human Rights Watch Africa Program Counsel • The Church and Poverty in Central Africa: The Case of Oil by ACERAC: The Association of Episcopal Conferences of the Central African Region • ACAS Resolution Against the War with Iraq • "On the Edge" Series: Decade of "Trade Not Aid" ---Call for Activist Rejoinder by Carol Thompson, Northern Arizona University • Students Engaged in Policy Analysis! U.S. Trade and Development Act for Africa by Carol Thompson • ACAS Membership Form • The newsletter says much has happened in and around African petroleum development since publication of ACAS Bulletin No. 60/61 on oil in 2001, warranting a second look at the issue; in the wake of the growing number of terrorist attacks on United States' interests at home and abroad since the late 1990s by Saudi-funded al Qaeda operatives, American neoconservatives and petroleum producers have moved quickly to explore alternative sources of oil and gas, beyond what might be extracted from ANWR. The newsletter discusses the NEPD Group (National Energy Policy Development Group), ExxonMobil, the National Energy Policy Report, the U.S.-Africa Business Summit, the Institute for Advanced Strategic and Political Studies (IASPS), Walter Kansteiner, Representative Edward Royce, the House Subcommittee on Africa, Representative William Jefferson, the African Trade and Investment Caucus, Lt. Col. Karen Kwiatkowski, Ian Gary, the Oil Policy Initiative Group, the Gulf of Guinea, crude oil production, Andarko, Burlington Resources, Devon Energy, Kerr-McGee, Occidental Petroleum, UNOCAL, Women in Oil and Energy South Africa (WOESA), Texaco, Randall & Dewey, Marathon Oil Corporation, ChevronTexaco, natural gas, Africa’s economy, the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC ), proven reserves, U.S. involvement in African oil, U.S. oil companies, UN sanctions, UN legal council Hans Corel, TotalFinaElf, Polisario, SADR, the African Union, Fusion Oil, the West African Gas Pipeline, liquefied natural gas (LNG), SASOL Ltd., the Zafiro field, liquefied petroleum gas (LPG), President Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo, the MPLA government, the former Soviet Union, UNITA, Global Witness, SPLA (Sudan People's Liberation Army), forces loyal to President Pascal Lissouba, General Denis Sassou-Nquesso, French oil companies, the International Court of Justice (ICJ), the Bakassi Peninsula, the Lake Chad Basin, f President ldriss Deby, Transparency International, the Global Corruption Report, General Sani Abacha, President Obasanjo, the Nigerian Bitumen Corporation, the Anglo-Dutch group Shell D'Archy (later Shell-BP), the Petroleum Profit Tax Ordinance, Ijaw, Ogoni, Biafra, Efik, the Willink Commission, the National Congress of Nigerian Citizens (NCNC), the Nigeria National Oil Company (NNOC), the Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), AGIP, ESSO (UNIPETROL), the First National Development Plan, corrupt practices, public officials, the Gowon regime, General Mohammed, Obasanjo military government, flared gas, the Nigeria Liquefied Natural Gas (NLNG) project, Bonny Island, Shell, Exxon-Mobil, Elf Aquitane, Chevron-Texaco, Eni-Agip, the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC), Oil Minerals Producing Areas Development Commission (OMPADEC), poverty, pollution, A.K. Horsefall, Arakis, China National Petroleum Company (CNPC), Petronas of Malaysia, the Greater Nile Petroleum Operating Corporation (GNPOC), Talisman Energy Inc., church groups, nongovernmental organizations (NGOs), civil war, Dinka/Nuer ethnic lines, Rick Machar, the Khartoum Peace Agreement, the International Monetary Fund (IMF), Osama bin Laden, President Bush, John Danforth, SPLM/A, f the South Sudan Defense Forces (SSDF), Operation Lifeline Sudan (OLS), Inter-Governmental Authority on Development (IGAD), the Episcopal Bishops of the Central African Region, the "War on Terrorism", President William Clinton, President George W. Bush, the U.S. Trade and Development Act for Africa, the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA), the Free Trade Act for the Americas (FTAA), globalization, imperialism, Congress, textiles, exports, the WTO (World Trade Organization), GATT (General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade), Africa Grassroots Response Initiative, ADNA, the Washington Office on Africa (WOA), the Africa Faith and Justice Network (AFJN), Leon Spencer, and Larry Goodwin.
Used by permission of several co-chairs of the Association of Concerned Africa Scholars.