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Wars of PlunderConflicts, Profits and the Politics of Resources$
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Philippe Le Billon

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780199333462

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: December 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199333462.001.0001

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Spoiling War

Spoiling War

(p.151) 6 Spoiling War
Wars of Plunder

Philippe Le Billon

Oxford University Press

This chapter discusses efforts to end conflicts funded through natural resources, focusing on military interventions, economic sanctions, and revenue sharing agreements between belligerents. Along with greater information on conflict commodity trafficking collected by UN expert panels, these initiatives have resulted in some important successes. Yet these conflict termination strategies have also been criticised for interpreting war as driven by economic motives, for ambivalent impacts on local livelihoods, and for limiting peace to policing belligerents rather than broadly addressing the causes of conflict.

Keywords:   military interventions, economic sanctions, revenue sharing, UN expert panels

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