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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”


Resource-Induced Conflicts, Part I: Resource Wars

September 14, 2016

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”


Transboundary rivers and climate change: Testing times for hydro-diplomacy to attain and maintain cooperation

March 24, 2016

EDITORS NOTE: This is the third article in a four-part series which explores the role of water in human conflict and politics. The series marks (though is not affiliated with) World Water Day 2016, a UN initiative to promote awareness of water issues. More information on World Water Day can be found here. The first … Continue reading “Transboundary rivers and climate change: Testing times for hydro-diplomacy to attain and maintain cooperation”


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