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Fighting for oil when there is no oil yet

Title data

Behrends, Andrea:
Fighting for oil when there is no oil yet.
In: Focaal. (2008) Issue 52 . - pp. 39-56.
ISSN 1558-5263
DOI: https://doi.org/10.3167/fcl.2008.520103

Abstract in another language

The area around the border of Sudan and Chad, where Darfur lies, has been an unimportant and unknown backwater throughout history. Today, however, Darfur is all over the international press. Everybody knows about the grim war there. There is no oil currently in production in Darfur. However, there is oil in the south of neighboring Chad and in Southern Sudan, and there might be oil in Darfur. This article considers a case of fighting for oil when there is no oil yet. It takes into account the role of local actors doing the fighting, that is, the army, rebels, and militias; national actors such as the Sudanese and Chadian governments; and international actors, such as multinational oil companies, the United States, China, and the United Nations. It explains how oil can have disintegrative consequences even when it is still only a rumor about a future possibility.

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Item Type: Article in a journal
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Chad; Darfur; governance; oil; rebellion
Institutions of the University: Faculties > Faculty of Cultural Studies > Professor Anthropology of Africa > Professor Anthropology of Africa - Univ.-Prof. Dr. Andrea Behrends
Profile Fields > Advanced Fields > African Studies
Result of work at the UBT: No
DDC Subjects: 300 Social sciences
900 History and geography > 960 History of Africa
Date Deposited: 27 Mar 2020 07:31
Last Modified: 27 Mar 2020 07:31
URI: https://eref.uni-bayreuth.de/id/eprint/54684