The American Graduate School in Paris Announces New Publication on the Resource Curse in Africa

PARIS, Jan. 27, 2012 /PRNewswire/ — The American Graduate School in Paris ( announces the publication of The Scramble for African Oil: Oppression, Corruption and War for Control of Africa’s Natural Resources by one of its professors, Douglas Yates. The book was released by London’s Pluto Press on January 17th, 2012.

The Scramble for African Oil demonstrates how the international demand for oil contributes to the chronic political, economic and security problems plaguing Africa. Douglas Yates approaches this topic in ten separate discussions, such as domination by multinational corporations, anti-corruption initiatives by the international community, censorship of journalists and intellectuals, and oppression by praetorian regimes and terror. The book features country case studies including Congo, Nigeria, Cameroon, Gabon, Angola, Chad, Sao Tome, Equatorial Guinea, and Sudan. Professor Michael Watts of UC Berkeley says: “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.”

Douglas Yates is professor of African studies at the American Graduate School in Paris. For the past twenty years he has been working on the politics of the international oil industry and related issues, primarily the question of oil dependency in Africa. He has been a consultant for governmental and non-governmental organizations; the U.S. Department of State, the U.S. Department of Defense, the Catholic Relief Services, and the British Chatham House, among others. His publications include five books and several edited chapters.

The American Graduate School in Paris (AGS) is a nonprofit institution of higher education offering US programs in France to students from around the world. AGS specializes in international relations and diplomacy as well as international business. Programs are taught in English and include Master’s, Ph.D., certificates, and undergraduate or graduate study abroad. The AGS research center recently published Crimes Against Women (Nova Publishers, New York: 2010), a collective work edited by David Wingeate Pike under the direction of Eileen Servidio, with a foreword by Bangladeshi author and human rights advocate Taslima Nasrin. The next project of AGS’s research center is related to African politics and will be announced shortly.

For more information:
The Scramble for African Oil on the publisher’s website
Contact: Corentine Chaillet – – +33(0)147200094

SOURCE American Graduate School in Paris
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