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Wars of Plunder: Conflicts, Profits and the Politics of Resources

Philippe Le Billon


From Angola to Iraq, wars have taken place in resource rich countries full of poor people. Wars of Plunder explores the interplay of natural resources and armed conflicts, and what the international community has tried to do about it. Focusing on key resources — oil, diamonds, and timber — the book argues that resources and wars are linked in three main ways. First, resource revenues finance belligerents, a trend that has become all the more conspicuous since the withdrawal of Cold War foreign sponsorship in the late 1980s. Even in the context of the War on Terror redefining military assistanc ... More

Keywords: war, natural resources, resource revenues, mining, oil, timber, diamonds, extractive industries, corruption

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780199333462
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: December 2014 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199333462.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Philippe Le Billon, author
University of British Columbia

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