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.
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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.
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