Once marginalized in the world economy, Africa today is a major global supplier of crucial raw materials like oil, uranium and coltan. China's part in this story has loomed particularly large in recent years, and the American military footprint on the continent has also expanded. But a new scramble for resources, markets and territory is now taking place in Africa involving not just state, but non state-actors, including Islamic fundamentalist and other rebel groups.
The second edition of Padraig Carmody's popular book explores the dynamics of the new scramble for African resources, markets, and territory and the impact of current investment and competition on people, the environment, and political and economic development on the continent. Fully revised and updated throughout, its chapters explore old and new economic power interests in Africa; oil, minerals, timber, biofuels, land, food and fisheries; and the nature and impacts of Asian and South African investment in manufacturing and other sectors.
The New Scramble for Africa will be essential reading for students of African studies, international relations and resource politics, as well as anyone interested in current affairs.
Padraig Carmody is an Associate Professor in Geography at Trinity College Dublin and a Visiting Associate Professor in the Department of Geography, Environmental Management and Energy at the University of Johannesburg
Introduction 1 The New Scramble, Geography and Development 2 Old Economic Power Interests and Strategies in Africa 3 Chinese Interests and Strategies in Africa [with Ian Taylor] 4 Other New Economic Power Interests and Relations with Africa 5 Driving the Global Economy: West African and Sahelian Oil 6 The Scramble for Land: The Ugandan Case [with David Taylor] 7 Powering and Connecting the Global Economy through Conflict: Uranium and Coltan 8 Furnishing and Feeding the World? Timber, Biofuels, Plants, Food and Fisheries 9 The Asian Scramble for Investment and Markets: Evidence and Impacts in Zambia [with Godfrey Hampwaye] 10 Can Africans Unscramble the Continent? Conclusion: The New Scramble in Perspective