Civil Wars

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Civil Wars

Books

Academic Articles

  • Collier et al. (2003), the famous report about the so-called “conflict-trap” issued by the World Bank
  • Fearon (2003), one of the most important and widely cited articles about the causes of civil war. The author tests a plethora of different variables and arrives at many important conclusions about the role of ethnicity, poverty, bureaucracy, political instability and more
  • Buhaug and Lujala (2005), a very important study to understand the usefulness of GIS (Geographical Information Systems) in quantitative research. It sheds light on the validity of many variables used in econometric studies, e.g. if natural resources are truly captured by rebels or if mountainous regions indeed are used by rebels as sanctuaries
  • Le Billion (2001), a “political ecology” approach which postulates that the occurrence of specific natural resources (partially) determine different kinds of civil wars (e.g. separatist movements, government overthrow, warlordism, etc.)