Paper $47.95 ISBN: 9781848138070 Published February 2011 For sale in North and South America only
Cloth $134.95 ISBN: 9781848138087 Published February 2011 For sale in North and South America only

Oil and Insurgency in the Niger Delta

Managing the Complex Politics of Petro-violence

Edited by Cyril Obi and Siri Aas Rustad

Oil and Insurgency in the Niger Delta

Edited by Cyril Obi and Siri Aas Rustad

Distributed for Zed Books

272 pages | 6.125 x 9.1875 | © 2011
Paper $47.95 ISBN: 9781848138070 Published February 2011 For sale in North and South America only
Cloth $134.95 ISBN: 9781848138087 Published February 2011 For sale in North and South America only
The recent escalation in the violent conflict in the Niger Delta has brought the region to the forefront of international energy and security concerns. This book analyses the causes, dynamics and politics underpinning oil-related violence in the Niger Delta region of Nigeria. It focuses on the drivers of the conflict, as well as the ways the crises spawned by the political economy of oil and contradictions within Nigeria's ethnic politics have contributed to the morphing of initially poorly coordinated, largely non-violent protests into a pan-Delta insurgency.

Approaching the issue from a number of perspectives, the book offers the most up-to-date and comprehensive analysis available of the varied dimensions of the conflict. Combining empirically-based and analytic chapters, it attempts to explain the causes of the escalation in violence, the various actors, levels and dynamics involved, and the policy challenges faced with regard to conflict management/resolution and the options for peace. It also examines the role of oil as a commodity of global strategic significance, addressing the relationship between oil, energy security and development in the Niger Delta.
Contents
Introduction: Petro-violence in the Niger Delta
The Complex Politics of an Insurgency - Cyril Obi and Siri Aas Rustad

Part 1: Causes of Conflict, State (In)capacities
1. The Nigerian State, Oil and the Niger Delta Crisis - Ukiwo Ukoha
2. Capacity and Governance Deficits in the Response to the Niger Delta Crisis - Babatunde A. Ahonsi
3. The Struggle for Resource Control and Violence in the Niger Delta - Rhuks Ako
4. The Niger Delta Crisis and the Question of Access to Justice - Engobo Emeseh
5. The Ijaw National Congress and Conflict Resolution in the Niger Delta - Ibaba Samuel Ibaba
6. Changing the Paradigm of Pacification: Oil and Militarization in Nigeria's Niger Delta - Charles Ukeje
7. Nigeria's Oil Diplomacy and the Management of the Niger Delta Crisis - Kayode Soremekun

Part 2: Conflict Actors' Dynamics
8. 'Mend Me' the Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta and the empowerment of violence - Morten Boås
9. Popular and Criminal Violence as instruments of struggle in the Niger Delta Region - Augustine Ikelegbe
10. Swamped with Weapons: The Proliferation of illicit small arms and light weapons in the Niger Delta - Nils Duquet
11. Women's Protests in the Niger Delta Region - Oluwatoyin Oluwaniyi

Part 3: Oil MNCs' Responses
12. Corporate Social Responsibility and the Niger Delta Conflict: Issues and Prospects - Uwafiokun Idemudia
13. Labelling Oil, Contesting Governance: LegalOil.com, the GMoU and Profiteering in the Niger Delta - Anna Zalik

Conclusion: Amnesty and Post-Amnesty Peace
Is the window of opportunity closing for the Niger Delta? - Cyril Obi and Siri Aas Rustad
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