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Title:Energy and security in the Gulf of Guinea: a Nigerian perspective
Author:Onuoha, GodwinISNI
Year:2009
Periodical:South African Journal of International Affairs
Volume:16
Issue:2
Pages:245-264
Language:English
Geographic terms:West Africa
Nigeria
Subjects:hydrocarbon policy
geopolitics
national security
petroleum
Link:https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/pdf/10.1080/10220460903269008
Abstract:This article explores the full ramifications of the evolving strategic environment in the Gulf of Guinea. It argues that the 'new scramble' or 'oil rush' in the region since its emergence as a critical energy repository and a strategic supplier to the global oil markets has elicited multiple lines of interest represented by both State and non-State actors. By delving into Nigeria's oil-rich context, this paper explores the fierce competition for influence ushered in by these developments, the contested notion of 'security' and 'sovereignty', and the emergent patterns of contestations as the Nigerian State mediates between global and local forces in its oil complex. Finally, it brings into bold relief the complexities of the intensified struggle for access to the region's vast energy resources - the current global economic downturn notwithstanding - and the challenge it poses to the region, and particularly to Nigeria, the dominant player in the region. Bibliogr., notes, ref., sum. [Journal abstract]
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