Other Reads on Natural Resources and Conflict

By Africa Center for Strategic Studies
Updated: 04/02/2012

Chronicle of a Death Foretold: The Collapse of the Chad-Cameroon Pipeline Project

By Scott Pegg, African Affairs, 2009
The Chad-Cameroon pipeline was a novel World Bank-sponsored consortium intended to generate a revenue windfall and ensure it was spent responsibly. In September 2008 the World Bank ended its role after Chad diverted oil revenues. Rather than breaking the “resource curse,” the pipeline is now cited as another cautionary example of how improper resource management subverts development and stability.

Understanding Natural Resource Conflict Dynamics: The Case of the Tuareg in North Africa and the Sahel

By Muna A. Abdalla, Institute for Security Studies, August 2009
Migration, extractive industry investments, and disputes over land tenure have for decades complicated dynamics within Tuareg communities and their relations with governments in the Sahel. As this region undergoes immense changes and many Tuaregs once again move across borders, conflicts are reemerging. Initiatives that integrate Tuareg concerns over land and livelihood opportunities through inclusive political engagement will be necessary to address these recurring regional conflict drivers.

Rowing Against the Current: The Diversification Challenge in Africa’s Resource-Rich Economies

By John Page, The Brookings Institute, 2008
U.S. interventions in Iraq and Afghanistan have laid bare deficiencies in U.S. policies and capacities for fostering development and stabilization in conflict-affected contexts. This has led to greater integration of U.S. military and civilian efforts to overcome these challenges. While progress has been made, significant imbalances between development and security assistance remain.