Poisoned Wells: The Dirty Politics of African Oil
Speaker: Nicholas Shaxson, author of Poisoned Wells and associate fellow, Chatham House
Discussant: Christina Katsouris, Africa Correspondent, Energy Intelligence
Chair: Alex Vines, Head of Africa Programme, Chatham House
Followed by reception sponsored by Macmillan/Palgrave
This is the launch of Nicholas Shaxson's 235 page book Poisoned Wells in Europe. Shaxson's book highlights the paradox of plenty of African oil producers and fleshes out its complexity through character-driven narrative that cuts through political correctness and organisational mandate. Here is a book that is independent and seeks to drill deep and survey wide in an age where expertise on Africa has become undervalued. Shaxson will discuss his main findings and outline what oil executives, NGO activists and policy makers can do to offset the toxic impact he sees of hydrocarbon production in Africa.