Breaking the Conflict Trap: Civil War and Development Policy

  title={Breaking the Conflict Trap: Civil War and Development Policy},
  author={Paul. Collier and V. L. Elliott and H{\aa}vard Hegre and Anke Hoeffler and Marta Reynal-Querol and Nicholas Sambanis},
Most wars are now civil wars. Even though international wars attract enormous global attention, they have become infrequent and brief. Civil wars usually attract less attention, but they have become increasingly common and typically go on for years. This report argues that civil war is now an important issue for development. War retards development, but conversely, development retards war. This double causation gives rise to virtuous and vicious circles. Where development succeeds, countries… 
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