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India: The Emerging Energy Player by Girijesh Pant

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Chapter 6

 

1 Since 9/11, US counter-terrorism concerns in the West and central Africa have jumped significantly, resulting in heightened, evolving engagement in the region by the US intelligence and military personnel. This shift has dramatically reversed the calculation, born in the immediate aftermath of the Cold War in the early 1990s, that West and central Africa mattered minimally to US global security interests. Indeed, West and central Africa is becoming a priority zone in global counter-terrorism efforts, evinced most overtly by the recent, sudden projection southwards of the US European Command. David L. Goldwyn and J. Stephen Morrison, ‘African Oil Sector,’ a report of the CSIS Task Force on ‘Rising U.S. Energy Stakes in Africa,’ ...

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