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Scholarly Publications

Understanding the Resource Curse

December 2005

In most resource-rich countries, natural wealth does not translate into prosperity for the majority of inhabitants, but instead leads to environmental and economic devastation, and hampers...

Other Publications

Are China's Loans to Ecuador a Good Deal? The Case of the Sopladora Hydro Project

September 2017

This case presents the decision to build the Sopladora Hydroelectric Plant (487MW) in the Ecuadorian Amazon, with financing from the Eximbank of China.

Building Hydropower Plants in Uganda: Who is the Best Partner?

June 2017

Uganda has long been plagued by chronic power shortages.

To be "dam"-ed: Navigating Stakeholder Relations to Bring Energy to Africa with Inga 3

May 2017

This case follows the development of the Inga 3, the third hydroelectric plant to be built on the Inga River in the Democratic Republic of Congo.  The Inga 3, with a capacity of 3,000 MW, would...

News

Summer Fellows Program brings civic activists, policymakers to Stanford

December 2007

Larry Diamond---Hoover Institution senior fellow, CDDRL democracy program coordinator, and former senior advisor to the Coalition Provisional Authority in Iraq---has just discussed causes and...

A crude awakening: Five FSI scholars talk to Stanford magazine about energy security

December 2006

Michael May, Michael McFaul, Scott Sagan, David Victor, and John Weyant talk to Stanford magazine for the November/December cover story on energy security.

Events

Making the Resource Curse Disappear: A re-examination of Haber and Menaldo’s “Do Natural Resources Fuel Authoritarianism"

January 26, 2012

Abstract:   Haber and Menaldo (2011) claim there is little evidence that oil is harmful to democracy, and that previous studies to the contrary were corrupted by omitted variable bias.

Clean Trade vs. the Resource Curse

November 6, 2009

Profile Leif Wenar is Chair of Ethics at King's College London.

The Elusiveness of the Resource Curse: Oil Dependent by Vice or Virtue?

May 17, 2006

Christine Scheiber is the Microsoft Research Scholar on Corruption on the Rule of Law at the Center on Democracy, Development and the Rule of Law (CDDRL).

Projects

Program on Oil Wealth Management in Developing States - Completed

OPEC's net oil export revenues exceeded $1 trillion in 2008, and oil exporting states (petro states) are eager to learn from experience and from their peers how to mitigate the negative...
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