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Follow the Pipelines: How Oil and Pipeline Politics have shaped US foreign policy in the Middle East
Mon July 12, 2021 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm EDT
While Americans are just learning about pipeline sabotage in the United States, attacks on pipelines In the Middle East have been occurring since World War I. Indeed, as one scholar put it, “The history of the modern Middle East is also a history of pipelines, infrastructure that can transform who controls the flows of petroleum and who profits from them.”
In this webinar, author Charlotte Dennett, author of The Crash of Flight 3804: A Lost Spy, A Daughter’s Quest, and the Deadly Politics of the Great Game for Oil , narrates how she discovered the role of pipelines in causing and perpetuating the endless wars in the Middle East and Central Asia. From her investigation of the intrigues surrounding the construction and routing of the Trans-Arabian pipeline (the subject of her father’s last mission to Saudi Arabia before his mysterious death by plane crash), she applies the lessons she learned –about the link between protecting pipelines militarily and politically–to the wars in Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria, Gaza and Yemen. She accompanies each example with pipeline maps.
Charlotte Dennett is a former Middle East reporter and an investigative journalist and attorney. She is the author of The Crash of Flight 3804: A Lost Spy, A Daughter’s Quest, and the Deadly Politics of the Great Game for Oil (Chelsea Green, 2020) Time magazine has referred to her as an “an expert in resource-based politics” for her coverage of politics and resource wars in the Middle East. Charlotte is also the author of The People v. Bush: One Lawyer’s Campaign to Bring the President to Justice (Chelsea Green, 2010) and is the co-author with Gerard Colby of Thy Will Be Done. The Conquest of the Amazon: Nelson Rockefeller and Evangelism in the Age of Oil, (HarperCollins, 1995, updated in 2017 by openroadmedia).
Sponsored by Massachusetts Peace Action and Peaceworks KC. Register to attend.