Rebel Natural Resource Exploitation and Conflict Duration

  title={Rebel Natural Resource Exploitation and Conflict Duration},
  author={Justin Conrad and Kevin T. Greene and James Igoe Walsh and Beth Elise Whitaker},
  journal={Journal of Conflict Resolution},
  pages={591 - 616}
How does natural resource wealth influence the duration of civil conflicts? We theorize that the exploitation of natural resources can strengthen rebels’ “power to resist” the government, but this depends on how rebels earn funding from those resources. Distinguishing between the extortion and smuggling of natural resources, we posit that smuggling in particular is more likely to give rebels the flexibility and mobility needed to effectively resist government repression. We then test this… 
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