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Wenona Giles

Print publication date: 2004

Print ISBN-13: 9780520230729

Published to California Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520230729.001.0001

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Like Oil and Water, with a Match

Like Oil and Water, with a Match

Militarized Commerce, Armed Conflict, and Human Security in Sudan

(p.74) (p.75) 4 Like Oil and Water, with a Match
Sites of Violence

Audrey Macklin

University of California Press

This chapter uses the case of the Canadian company, Talisman Energy Inc., which operated until recently in South Sudan, to examine the impact of global capital investment on human displacement. It describes how security has been redefined as the protection of oil company stock prices. The ways in which women have been influenced by the precipitous decline in human security are also explained. It then raises serious questions about the complicity of the Canadian state in the war in Sudan. The health care situation in Southern Sudan is dismal. The report found that oil extraction was exacerbating the armed conflict in Sudan. The actions of individuals, coalitions, and organizations are vital in exposing and destabilizing the warped triangulation of corporate security, military security, and human security.

Keywords:   Talisman Energy Inc., South Sudan, global capital investment, stock prices, human security, Canadian state, war, oil extraction

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