Diamonds have captivated the attention of conflict analysts, media outlets, and the broader public for funding rebel movements in Angola and Sierra Leone and the Democratic Republic of the Congo. This chapter first interrogates the idea of a “diamond curse” and then investigate the risk of conflicts and forms of violence associated with diamond exploitation. Noting that diamonds have been frequently dubbed a “rebel’s best friend”, it then highlights the political and tactical ambivalence of opportunities presented by diamond exploitation for rebellions, as well as efforts by non-government organizations such as Global Witness to set up the Kimberley Process Certification Scheme to prevent the laundering of “blood diamonds”.
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