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Panel on The Current Crisis In Petroleum Geopolitics

Image Panel on The Current Crisis In Petroleum Geopolitics

Wednesday, 10 November 2010, 3-6pm

Event Forum, EJ Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy

Civic Square Building 33 Livingston Avenue, New Brunswick, NJ

Invited speaker:  William Minter, Editor and producer of AfricaFocus website and AfricaFocus Bulletin, Washington, DC.  Will compare the ongoing Niger Delta oil spills with the BP spill in the Gulf of Mexico.


Michael Santoro, Professor, Rutgers Business School-Newark and New Brunswick

Will speak about this crisis from a business ethics standpoint, in particular BP's corporate governance structure and why it did not work despite having a very sunny corporate social responsibility face for the world.

David M. Hughes,  Associate Professor, Department of Human Ecology, Rutgers University, New Brunswick.  Will discuss his recent year in Trinidad doing research on the culture  of hydrocarbons.   Part of this work seeks to explain why residents of the oil belt tend not to consider oil as pollution or even as industrial.  The findings might bear comparison with Louisiana.

Hooshang Amirahmadi , Professor, EJ Bloustein School, Rutgers University, Senior Associate Member, St. Antony's College - Oxford University, and Founder & President, American Iranian Council.  Will speak on the geopolitics of oil in the Persian Gulf.
Mark Major, PhD candidate in Department of Political Science: Discussant

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