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Building or Spoiling Peace? Lessons From the Management of High-Value Natural Resources

June 2012

Citation: 42 ELR 10546

Issue: 6

Author: Siri Aas Rustad, Päivi Lujala, and Philippe Le Billon

The management of high-value natural resources in post-conflict situations depends, among other things, on the context, including the causes and trajectory of the conflict; the characteristics of the natural resources in question and their role in conflict; the quality of domestic institutions; regional dynamics and international markets; and current and previous approaches to the management of natural resources and the associated revenues. Thus, no one set of policies or programs can ensure success. Instead of attempting to provide a single recipe for the management of high-value natural resources, this chapter highlights a range of policy options and management tools.

Siri Aas Rustad is a researcher at the Centre for the Study of Civil War (CSCW) of the Peace Research Institute Oslo (PRIO) and a Ph.D. candidate in political science at the Department of Sociology and Political Science, Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU). Päivi Lujala is an associate professor in the Department of Geography, NTNU, and a senior researcher in the Department of Economics, NTNU, and CSCW. Philippe Le Billon is an associate professor at the University of British Columbia, where he is affiliated with both the Department of Geography and the Liu Institute for Global Issues.

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