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The Political Economy of Armed Conflict

Karen Ballentine Jake Sherman
Price: $ 22.5

"This book is a huge step forward in the debate over the roles of ¿greed¿ and ¿grievance¿ in recent civil wars. The authors¿ conceptual essays and case studies carefully examine the ways that economic opportunities and political competition combine to shape the likelihood, character, and duration of intrastate armed conflict." ¿Jack Snyder, Columbia University

Globalization, suggest the authors of this collection, is creating new opportunities¿some legal, some illicit¿for armed factions to pursue their agendas in civil war. Within this context, they analyze the key dynamics of war economies and the challenges posed for conflict resolution and sustainable peace.

Thematic chapters consider key issues in the political economy of internal wars, as well as how differing types of resource dependency influence the scope, character, and duration of conflicts. Case studies of Burma, Colombia, Kosovo, Papua New Guinea, and Sri Lanka illustrate a range of ways in which belligerents make use of global markets and the transnational flow of resources. An underlying theme is the opportunities available to the international community to alter the economic incentive structure that inadvertently supports armed conflict.

Karen Ballentine, senior associate at the International Peace Academy, directs the IPA's Economic Agenda's in Civil Wars Program. Jake Sherman is political affairs officer in the office of the Special Representative of the Secretary-General, United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA).

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