NELSON INSTITUTE DIRECTOR’S COLUMN DISCUSSES UNREST IN NIGERIAN OILFIELDS

August 17, 2006

HARRISONBURG—In his weekly column for the World Defense Review, Dr. J. Peter Pham, Director of the Nelson Institute for International and Public Affairs at James Madison University, discusses recent unrest in Nigeria’s Niger Delta region which, since the beginning of the year, has cut the West African country’s oil production by an estimated 25 percent.

According to Dr. Pham, “While the absolute amount of damage caused so far is relatively small, today’s global markets are such that the impact of even minor disruptions can be significant.” Consequently, he argues, “Even if there no evidence has yet emerged of international terrorist involvement, certainly the architects of international terror have already assessed the potential of exploiting [the Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta’s] potential. The problem is very real and growing and could well spread to other parts of the subregion and across the continent.”

Dr. Pham’s article, “Niger Delta Blues,” can be accessed online by clicking here.