China, India, and the Global Struggle for Oil in Sudan & South Sudan

Tuesday, 21 January 2014 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm


Date & Time: Tuesday, 21 January, 7-9PM
Place: Khalili Lecture Theatre, SOAS

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Speaker: Dr Luke Patey, author & Senior Senior Researcher, Danish Institute for Internatinal Studies. Respondents: Ali Askouri, Researcher, Consultant, Africa's Resource based Conflicts; Michal Meidan, Senior Analyst, Eurasia Group; Paul Gabriel, Associate Analyst, Control Risks.Chair: Charles Moré, Asia Editor, Africa-Asia Confidential

Competition for oil among Asia’s two strongest economies – China and India – has a profound but underestimated effect on the politics of the Sudans. With the birth of South Sudan in 2011 splitting Africa’s largest country in two, these dynamics changed drastically and oil companies became entrenched in the deadlock between Sudan & South Sudan, slowing production. Contention revolves around the oil deposits residing in South Sudan and the disputed Abyei region, whereas Khartoum owns the processing and exporting infrastructure including pipelines, refineries and access to the sea. Despite China’s increased aid to South Sudan since independence, their loyalty appears to be in the north – evident from the lack of support for an alternative pipeline bypassing the north.

This event will look at the discussions surrounding the politics of oil giants in Sudan and South Sudan before and after separation and the ensuing stalemate rooted in territorial disputes.  We will discuss the willingness of the Chinese oil industry, which purchases two thirds of the Sudans’ oil to become economically and politically embedded in the manufacture of crude in Sudan, as well as India’s entry into the oil markets of the Sudans.  

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