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Ecology, Politics and Violent Conflict

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Edited By: Mohamed Suliman

Zed Books

Paperback | Mar 1999 | #108907 | ISBN: 1856496023
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Violent internal conflicts in more and more countries are ruining the lives of millions of people and undermining the ability of their governments to provide security and a tolerable economic existence. The contributors to this book take a new view of the reasons for this grave development in Africa, the Balkans, Central Asia and elsewhere. They question traditional analyses of conflict which rely primarily on ethnic, religious and cultural explanations since these do not take account of the increasingly obvious link between the growing scarcity of renewable resources and violent conflict in developing countries. At the same time, this book argues that one cannot understand domestic conflicts simply in environmental terms. For environmental scarcity functions in a society within a complex matrix of historically derived economic and political situations. In particular, an unequal social distribution of resourecs exacerbates scarcity and fuels popular conflict. The contributors to the book include Wolfgang Sachs, Larry Lohmann and Nicholas Hildyard.


Introduction, Mohamed Suliman. Part 1 Background: environment and violent conflict - theory and background, Gunther Baechler; on the political economy of violent conflict, Nicholas Hildyard; environment, women and conflict, Fatima Babiker; sustainability in the security age, Wolfgang Sachs; the rationality and irrationality of violent conflicts, Mohamed Suliman. Part 2 Sectoral case studies: water resources and conflict, Stephan Liebeschewski; forests and conflict, Larry Lohmann; marine resources and conflict, Simon Fairlei; climate change and violent conflict, Atiq Rahman; mining and conflict, Volker Boege; food security and violent conflict, Abdel Galil El Mekki; case study (Eritrea), Arthur Westing. Part 3 Revisiting conflict: management of environmentally induced conflicts, Katrina Rogers; the Boran solution, Mohamed Suliman.

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