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Petroleum to the People

Africa’s Coming Resource Curse—and How to Avoid It

Authors: Larry Diamond, and Robert A. Mosbacher
September/October 2013
Foreign Affairs

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In October 2011, the U.S. Department of Justice filed a motion to seize a palatial cliff-top home in Malibu, California. The 16-acre property towers over its neighbors, with a palm-lined driveway leading to a plaster-and-tile mansion. Situated in the heart of one of the United States' most expensive neighborhoods, the $30 million estate includes a swimming pool, a tennis court, and a four-hole golf course.

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