Oil Sparks in the Amazon: Local Conflicts, Indigenous Populations, and Natural Resources

March 21, 2014 // 9:00am11:00am
Event Co-sponsors: 
Environmental Change and Security Program

Patricia I. Vásquez, Author and energy expert

Christopher Sabatini, Senior Director of Policy, Americas Society; editor-in-chief, Americas  Quarterly
Roger-Mark De Souza, Director, Global Sustainability and Resilience Program, Wilson Center
Robert E. Maguire, Director, Latin American and Hemispheric Studies Program, The George  Washington University (invited)

Cynthia J. Arnson, Director, Latin American Program, Wilson Center

In Oil Sparks in the Amazon:  Local Conflicts, Indigenous Populations, and Natural Resources (University of Georgia Press, 2014), Patricia Vásquez explores the potent mix of grievances, identities, and structural constraints that have given rise to conflicts between investors in the hydrocarbons sector and local communities in Colombia, Ecuador, and Peru.  Over a period of fifteen years, Vásquez conducted hundreds of interviews with stakeholders on all sides, identifying short- and long-term strategies for preventing or mitigating conflict.

Copies of the book are available for purchase. 

5th Floor, Woodrow Wilson Center
Event Speakers List: 
  • Independent Energy Expert, Former Jennings Randolph Senior Fellow at the U.S. Institute of Peace
  • Senior Director of Policy, Americas Society; editor-in-chief, Americas Quarterly
  • Roger-Mark De Souza // Director of Population, Environmental Security, and Resilience, Wilson Center
  • Elliott School of International Affairs, The George Washington University
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