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Dr. Luke Patey’s book talk: “The New Kings of Crude: China, Oil, and Civil War in Sudan and South Sudan”

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Dr. Luke Patey’s book talk: “The New Kings of Crude: China, Oil, and Civil War in Sudan and South Sudan”

  • JHU School of Advanced International Studies 1717 Massachusetts Avenue Northwest Washington, DC, 20036 United States (map)

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For over a decade, Sudan fueled the international rise of China’s national oil companies. But the political turmoil surrounding the historic division of Africa’s largest country, with the birth of South Sudan, challenged China to chart a new course. The outbreak of conflict in South Sudan last December only deepened the instability and insecurity and sent Chinese diplomats scrambling to protect their interests and bring an end to the conflict.

The lecture will discuss the overseas investments of Chinese national oil companies, their close ties with their respective governments in Beijing, and experiences with political and security risks in Sudan and South Sudan. It draws from Luke Patey’s recent book The New Kings of Crude: China, India, and the Global Struggle for Oil in Sudan and South Sudan. Beyond examining the economic and political impact of Chinese and Indian engagement in Sudan and South Sudan, the book argues that the two Sudans are examples of how Africa is shaping the rise of China and India as world powers.


Dr. Luke Patey

About the Speaker

Luke Patey is a senior researcher at the Dan­ish Insti­tute for Inter­na­tional Stud­ies. His research focuses on the polit­i­cal econ­omy of oil in Sudan and South Sudan, the role of China and India in Africa, and the global invest­ments of Chi­nese and Indian national oil companies. He has written for the Finan­cial Times, The Guardian, The Hindu, and VICE News. He has been a vis­it­ing scholar at Peking Uni­ver­sity (Bei­jing), the Social Sci­ence Research Coun­cil (New York), and the Cen­tre d’études et de recherches inter­na­tionales (Paris).
For more information you can follow Dr. Patey on twitter and like his book’s facebook page.

Earlier Event: October 15
China Africa Research Luncheon