n Conflict Trends - Natural resources in conflict

Volume 2000, Issue 4
  • ISSN : 1561-9818


Contemporary theories of war have been compelled to provide explanations for armed conflicts that have become intractable and protracted. The study of 'war economies' is a recent development which attempts to provide an understanding and explanation of the political economy of protracted armed conflicts that are predominantly intra-state. The main objective of this study is to determine the capacity of the warring actors in developing countries - particularly those in Africa - to raise the required revenue to sustain a conflict following the decline of Cold War military and financial support.

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