Diamond Wars? Conflict Diamonds and Geographies of Resource Wars

  title={Diamond Wars? Conflict Diamonds and Geographies of Resource Wars},
  author={Philippe Le Billon},
  journal={Annals of The Association of American Geographers},
  • P. Billon
  • Published 14 April 2008
  • Political Science
  • Annals of The Association of American Geographers
In the late 1990s, natural resources such as oil, diamonds, and timber came under increased scrutiny by conflict analysts and media outlets for their purported role in many contemporary wars. This article discusses some of the limitations of conventional arguments linking wars and resources. Dominated by econometric approaches and rational choice theory interpretations, arguments pertaining to “resource wars” often oversimplify or overlook the geographical dimensions of resource-related… 
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