In an engaging and highly informative interview on France 24, Douglas A. Yates, author of The Scramble for African Oil: Oppression, Corruption and War for Control of Africa’s Natural Resources, explores the impact of oil on politics and economics in post-colonial Africa. Follow the link below to watch the interview:
Oppression, Corruption and War for Control of Africa’s Natural Resources
Douglas A. Yates
Shows how Western control of Africa’s oil has fed corruption and undermined democracy, and how Africans have resisted the theft of their resources.
“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. Drawing on a detailed knowledge of the region, Douglas Yates does a remarkable job of exposing the predatory forces responsible for the continuing impoverishment of Africa’s oil states – while also celebrating those heroic African figures who have resisted the onslaught.” – Professor Michael T. Klare, Hampshire College, Massachusetts and author of Resource Wars
“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 and offers some insight into possible routes out of the swamp of failed oil-development.” – Professor Michael Watts, University of California, Berkeley