natural resources

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    The rise of environmental conflict

    November 6 marks the United Nations (UN) International Day for Preventing the Exploitation of the Environment in War and Armed Conflict, an issue which has been become increasingly more relevant since the day was declared in 2001. The day aims to raise awareness about the effect war has on...
  • “Fighting is a way of life”

    Tribal fighting in Papua New Guinea (PNG), where loyalty to tribe trumps loyalty to country, and an attack on one is viewed as an attack on all, is certainly not new. While PNG has not kept official records of deaths as a result of tribal conflict, conflict is regularly...
  • Jaded

    The failure to effectively regulate the extraction of a country’s natural resources is a policy problem which has ignited and fueled numerous conflicts throughout history. To this day, failure of effective governance remains a major source of human rights abuses and environmental degradation. From Sierra Leone’s blood diamonds to...
  • Should Bolivia condemn extractivism?

    Extractivism is a mode of economic accumulation that consists of the removal of raw materials from the natural environment. European colonialism entailed the mass-scale extraction of natural resources from various regions, providing for the development of the world economy. In his book, Indian Givers: How the Indians of the...