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Conflict Resolution & the Peace Process
The Market for Civil War
Foreign Policy Magazine
Ethnic tensions and ancient political feuds are not starting civil wars around the world. A groundbreaking new study of civil conflict over the last 40 years reveals that economic forces--such as entrenched poverty and the trade in natural resources--are the true culprits. The solution? Curb rebel financing, jump-start economic growth in vulnerable regions, and provide a robust military presence in nations emerging from conflict.
Institute for War and Peace
IWPR supports local reporters, citizen journalists and civil society activists in three dozen countries in conflict, crisis and transition around the world. We contribute to peace and good governance by strengthening the ability of media and civil society to speak out. We do this by training, mentoring and providing platforms for professional and citizen reporters; building up the institutional capacity of media and civic groups; and working with independent and official partners to remove barriers to free expression, robust public debate and citizen engagement.
The Scramble for Africa
"Africa is endowed with an overwhelming abundance of gems, metals, minerals and other natural resources" (New Internationalist) but the author "asks whether this wealth is a blessing or a curse." Topics in this article include the "looting of the Congo," war crimes, the slave trade, arms smuggling, the role of Liberian lumber in fueling conflict, "conflict" diamonds and suggestions for resolving these problems in Africa.