Policy Briefs on Natural Resources and Violent Conflict

What are the links between natural resource wealth and civil conflict? Do civil war combatants view areas with natural resources as valuable prizes worth fighting over? How do combatants treat civilians that live near or work at natural resource sites? Researchers have had difficulty addressing these questions systematically due to a lack of high-quality data. With support from the Minerva Research Initiative, Innovations for Peace and Development at the University of Texas has spent the past couple of years painstakingly collecting geo-coded data on natural resource locations across Latin America, Africa, and Asia. They have now used this data to write a series of policy papers analyzing the links between natural resource locations and violent conflict in Central Africa, Algeria, and Egypt. Head over to the project’s policy papers page to check out summaries and to find links to the briefs.