The Looting Machine: A Conversation with Tom Burgis

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RUSI's Centre for Financial Crime & Security Studies is delighted to welcome Tom Burgis to discuss his highly-acclaimed new book 'The Looting Machine: Warlords, tycoons, smugglers and the systematic theft of Africa's wealth'.

Looting MachineThrough his extensive research, Burgis exposes the financialized colonialism that continues to stymie Africa’s prospects for long-term economic growth. Centred on the continent’s national resource curse, Burgis’ impressive investigation into corporate corruption and resource pillaging makes for an eye-opening yet brutal portrayal of the global economy.

Signed copies of The Looting Machine (HarperCollins Publishers) will be available to purchase at the event.

‘A powerful case, through anecdote and evidence, that the dirty trade in raw materials serves individuals’ own enrichment’ The Times

'A great scrapbook of exploitation. Burgis has the good sense not to present it in an alarmist way, but with an understatement that is far more powerful … ‘The Looting Machine’ is in part a means of self-exoneration, a way of making amends to those he ultimately could not help … He has done a service to some of the world’s poorest people' Financial Times

Tom Burgis has covered Africa for the Financial Times for six years, in particular the natural resource industries and the corruption and conflict that often accompany them. He was a correspondent in Johannesburg from 2008-2009 and west Africa correspondent, based in Lagos, from 2009-2011. He is currently based in London for the FT, working on investigations. Before joining the FT he worked in South America and as a London-based freelancer covering, among other things, the anti-globalisation movement.

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