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Resource-Induced Conflicts, Part V: Valuable Natural Resources and Transparency

September 26, 2016

By: Päivi Lujala Managing oil, gold, and other valuable natural resources and their revenues is challenging even under ordinary circumstances and is particularly so in post-conflict situations. This piece discusses the challenges related to natural resource management in post-conflict, resource-rich countries through the widely supported governance approach to remedy mismanagement, namely transparency.   A blessing or … Continue reading “Resource-Induced Conflicts, Part V: Valuable Natural Resources and Transparency”


Film Review: Zero Days (2016)

September 21, 2016

Gibney, A. Zero Days, Jigsaw Productions, (2016). (PG-13) More information from: http://gb.imdb.com/title/tt5446858/. By: Cheng Lai Ki “The science fiction cyberwar scenario is here…” This statement comes from members of the United States National Security Agency (NSA), and others in the intelligence community, role-played by actress Joanne Tucker. Zero Days, directed and narrated by documentarian Alex Gibney … Continue reading “Film Review: Zero Days (2016)”


Resource-Induced Conflicts, Part IV: Society, Resources, and Conflict in Yemen

By: Dr. Charles Schmitz In Yemen, natural resources do not cause conflicts, people do.  The relationship between natural resources and people is mediated by society such that a simple, causal relationship between resource abundance or scarcity and conflict does not exist.  In Yemen, scarcity does not cause conflict; in fact, a better case might be made … Continue reading “Resource-Induced Conflicts, Part IV: Society, Resources, and Conflict in Yemen”


Resource-Induced Conflicts, Part III: To Frack or Not To Frack?

September 19, 2016

By: Sourojeet Chakraborty “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness” – Charles Dickens, 1859 Future generations might find the above Dickens quote apt for describing the present times. Following the recent crash in oil prices, augmented by tensions … Continue reading “Resource-Induced Conflicts, Part III: To Frack or Not To Frack?”


Resource-Induced Conflicts, Part I: Petro-violence in the Niger Delta

September 16, 2016

By: Obi, Cyril and Siri Aas Rustad   Since the turn of the century, petro-violence has brought the oil-producing Niger Delta to the forefront of international energy and security concerns for strategic, socio-economic, historical and political reasons. However, the root causes of this conflict lie in decades of marginalisation of the region’s inhabitants, pollution and the … Continue reading “Resource-Induced Conflicts, Part I: Petro-violence in the Niger Delta”


North Korea, Nuclear Weapons, and the Spectre of Enhanced Terrorism

September 14, 2016

By: Kyle R. Brady   With yet another[1] illegal underground nuclear weapons test[2], North Korea has again flaunted the international community’s attempt to control what is quite arguably a rogue and/or failed state. A key difference in this test[3], however, is not its apparent yield[4] but, instead, the claim that this is part of a miniaturization … Continue reading “North Korea, Nuclear Weapons, and the Spectre of Enhanced Terrorism”


Resource-Induced Conflicts, Part I: Resource Wars

By: Jasper Humphreys Fighting over resources has been going on since Mankind started trading with one another, even though the phrase ‘resource wars’ is a modern invention. With the period known as the Bronze Age emerging roughly six thousand years ago, the outlines of what today we regard as ‘resource wars’ became apparent: globalisation, the ‘pull’ … Continue reading “Resource-Induced Conflicts, Part I: Resource Wars”


Resource-Induced Conflicts: Introduction to the Series

September 12, 2016

By: Annabelle Vuille   In 2001, Michael T. Klare published his ground breaking work Resource Wars: The New Landscape of Global Conflict. In it, he argued that humanity’s growing dependence on a finite supply of critical resources – from oil and minerals, to water and land – at a time when demand for such resources … Continue reading “Resource-Induced Conflicts: Introduction to the Series”


The Little Blue Men: China’s Maritime Proxy-Warfare Strategy

September 9, 2016

By: Cheng Lai Ki Maritime tensions in the East Asia region are undoubtedly a hallmark event of the early twenty-first century, as well as of the emergence of the People’s Republic of China (PRC) as a regional superpower in the East. Concurrent to existing tensions between Japan, Korea and the PRC over islands in the … Continue reading “The Little Blue Men: China’s Maritime Proxy-Warfare Strategy”


What We Know/What We’re Waiting On: Uzbekistan’s Succession Crisis

September 7, 2016

By: Tyler Vandenberg What We Know On August 29, 2016, sometime in the Uzbek morning, Islam Karimov suffered a medical emergency. Karimov, 78 years old, is rumoured to have had a stroke or a cerebral hemorrhage, and was admitted to the hospital shortly afterwards. The President’s grave condition was announced by his daughter on social … Continue reading “What We Know/What We’re Waiting On: Uzbekistan’s Succession Crisis”


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