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Fuelling War: Natural Resources and Armed Conflicts
     

Fuelling War: Natural Resources and Armed Conflicts

by Philippe Le Billon
 

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A generous endowment of natural resources should favour rapid economic and social development. The experience of countries like Angola and Iraq, however, suggests that resource wealth often proves a curse rather than a blessing. Billions of dollars from resource exploitation benefit repressive regimes and rebel groups, at a massive cost for local populations. This

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A generous endowment of natural resources should favour rapid economic and social development. The experience of countries like Angola and Iraq, however, suggests that resource wealth often proves a curse rather than a blessing. Billions of dollars from resource exploitation benefit repressive regimes and rebel groups, at a massive cost for local populations. This Adelphi Paper analyses the economic and political vulnerability of resource-dependent countries; assesses how resources influence the likelihood and course of conflicts; and discusses current initiatives to improve resource governance in the interest of peace. It concludes that long-term stability in resource-exporting regions will depend on their developmental outcomes, and calls for a broad reform agenda prioritising the basic needs and security of local populations.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781136592942
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
06/17/2013
Series:
Adelphi Series
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
128
File size:
3 MB

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