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East Africa Oil & Gas: Silver Bullet or Complex Remedy

A Note from the Observatory of Northeastern Africa
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"East Africa Oil and Gas: Silver Bullet or Complex Remedy"

A note by Patricia I. Vasquez, Research Associate, Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, Geneva

Note no. 8, January 2019, Observatory of Northeastern Africa/Observatoire de l'Afrique de l'Est


East Africa has recently entered the global map of oil and gas exploration and production. Uganda and Kenya are about to become oil producers and Tanzania enlarged its endowment of world-class o shore natural gas reserves in recent years. Key to a successful development of the three countries ́ hydrocarbons industry is completion of the infrastruc- ture projects needed to monetize their reserves: mainly pipelines to carry landlocked oil to the coast for export and liquefaction facilities for transporting natural gas. The size, cost, and complexity of the projects pose great challenges to the development of the oil and gas sector. The quality of the sector governance in each of the three countries is also critical for securing a well-managed hydrocarbons industry, but unfor- tunately, challenges appear in the horizon. Oil decisions in Uganda and Tanzania are in the hands of a handful within the President ́s inner circle with typically little transparency. This makes it di cult to make autho- rities accountable for their actions. In the case of Kenya, management of the oil industry is more decentralized and the oil producing region has an increasing in uence on how the sector is being managed. There, di erences between the two levels of government that go beyond the mere mana- gement of the oil sector, and touch upon ethni- city and economic inequalities pose a challenge to a smooth development of the oil industry. This essay analyzes the domestic and regio- nal prospects and challenges that lie ahead for Kenya, Tanzania, and Uganda as they develop their oil and gas industries.

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Vol. 5. No. 2 (2018)

ERIS, Vol. 5, Issue 2 (2018)
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Salafist Impregnation of Muslim Youth in France: a Challenge to the Republic ?
Laetitia Bucaille and Agnès Villechaise
Dollars, Arms, Words: Barack Obama and the Dilemmas of American Hegemony
Mario del Pero
Fifty Sociological Shades of International Relations Theory: The Case of EU Peacekeeping Policy
Samuel B. H. Faure
Assessing India’s Foreign Policy Towards Afghanistan: A response to the Review Article in ERIS 5:1 by Arni and Kotasthane
Avinash Paliwal
Maybritt Jill Alpes, Brokering High-Risk Migration and Illegality in West Africa: Abroad at any cost (London and New York: Routledge, 2017), pp. 243
Priya Deshingkar
Marc Aymes, Benjamin Gourisse, and Élise Massicard (eds): Order and Compromise: Government Practices in Turkey from the Late Ottoman Empire to the Early 21st Century (Leiden/Boston: Brill, 2015), pp. 436
Dilek Yankaya
Bayram Balci, Renouveau de l’islam en Asie centrale et dans le Caucase (The revival of Islam in Central Asia and the Caucusus) (CNRS Edition, 2017, Paris), pp. 320
Catherine Poujol
Stefano Bianchini: Liquid Nationalism and State Partitions in Europe (Cheltenham and Northampton: Edward Elgar 2017), pp. 360
John A. Hall
Laurent Bonnefoy, Le Yémen: De l’Arabie heureuse à la guerre (Paris, Fayard/CERI, 2017), pp. 347
Fatiha Dazi-Héni
Christopher Coker, Rebooting Clausewitz: On War in the 21st Century (London: Hurst & Company, 2017), pp. 176
Claire Yorke
Ennio Di Nolfo, Storia delle Relazioni Internazionali. Dalla fine della Guerra fredda a oggi. (A History of International Relations: From the end of the Cold War to Today) (Bari, Editori Laterza, 2016), pp. 330
Christian Blasberg
Gertraud Diendorfer, Blanka Bellak, Anton Pelinka, Werner Wintersteiner (eds): Friedensforschung, Konfliktforschung, Demokratieforschung. Ein Handbuch (Peace research, conflict research, democracy research. A handbook) (Köln, Weimar, Wien: Böhlau Verlag, 2016), pp. 395
Vera van Hüllen
Frédéric Grare, India turns East: International Engagement and US-China Rivalry (London: Hurst & Company, 2017), pp. 288
Manjeet S. Pardesi
Pierre Hassner, La Revanche des passions: métamorphoses de la violence et crises du politique
(Paris, Fayard et Centre de recherches internationales de Sciences Po, 2015), pp. 360
Christopher Hill
Mehran Kamrava (ed.), The Great Game in West Asia. Iran, Turkey and the South Caucasus (London: Hurst 2017), pp. 368
Ansgar Jödicke
Michael Kenny and Nick Pearce, Shadows of Empire. The Anglosphere in British Politics (Cambridge, Polity Press, 2018), pp. 224
Christian Lequesne
Robin Markwica: Emotional Choices. How the Logic of Affect Shapes Coercive Diplomacy (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2018), pp. 384
Corneliu Bjola
Patrice C. McMahon, The NGO Game. Post-Conflict Peacebuilding in the Balkans and Beyond (Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 2017), pp. 238
Spyros Economides
Beata Ociepka, Poland’s New Ways of Public Diplomacy (Frankfurt am Main: Peter Lang 2017), pp. 242
Paweł Surowiec
Keith Somerville: Africa’s Long Road Since Independence. The Many Histories of a Continent (London: Hurst, 2016), pp. 500
Marta Fernández
Juan Tovar Ruiz, La Doctrina en la Política exterior de Estados Unidos. De Truman a Trump. (Foreign Policy Doctrine of the US from Truman to Trump) (Madrid: Catarata 2017), pp. 225
Alberto Bueno 

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Does the U.S. need a religious left?

An article by Nadia Marzouki
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An article by Nadia Marzouki, published on The Immanent Frame

Amid the global rise of the Christian right, some intellectuals and politicians have emphasized the need to affirm a stronger religious left in the United States. The Democrats’ downfall in 2016, this argument goes, has shown the limits of ideological platforms that ignore matters of faith and belonging and stick to technocratic and secular jargon. From this perspective, in order to win the culture war against right-wing evangelicals, progressives urgently need to include religion in their strategy….

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