The Environmental Costs of Civil War: A Synthetic Comparison of the Congolese Forests with and without the Great War of Africa

  title={The Environmental Costs of Civil War: A Synthetic Comparison of the Congolese Forests with and without the Great War of Africa},
  author={Kyosuke Kikuta},
  journal={The Journal of Politics},
  pages={1243 - 1255}
Despite the fact that, between 1950 and 2000, more than 80% of wars occurred within biodiversity hot spots, we do not fully understand the environmental costs of war. This study conducts one of the first systematic evaluations of the costs of civil war for forest environments. The analysis, however, requires a proper counterfactual: the forest coverage if it were not for civil war. Moreover, instead of estimating an average cost of diverse civil wars, it would be better to tailor the estimate… 

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