Conflict Over the World's Resources: Background, Trends, Case Studies, and Considerations for the Future

Author:   Robert Mandel
Publisher:   ABC-CLIO
ISBN:  

9780313261299


Pages:   156
Publication Date:   24 October 1988
Format:   Hardback
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Conflict Over the World's Resources: Background, Trends, Case Studies, and Considerations for the Future


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As resource scarcity threatens and the economic gap between affluent and poorer nations continues to widen, conflict over natural resources is assuming critical dimensions. The text analyzes the causes and consequences of present tensions and offers case studies of five recent or ongoing resource conflicts that illustrate major areas of confrontation and identify the range of policy issues we need to confront. The author first describes worldwide scarcity trends and trends in resource conflict and their relation to international conflict as a whole, looking at the dynamics of resource competition, assessing the impact of scarcity, declining economic development, environmental awareness, resource interdependence and other factors. Case studies focus on political coercion in the conflict over food; the scarcity of strategic minerals and competition to control them; and the conflict arising from nuclear pollution in the wake of the Chernobyl disaster. The concluding chapter, dealing with policy implications, explains why prevailing attitudes toward resources are counterproductive and suggests ways of working more effectively to minimize international resource conflict.

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Author:   Robert Mandel
Publisher:   ABC-CLIO
Imprint:   Praeger Publishers Inc
Dimensions:   Width: 14.00cm , Height: 1.80cm , Length: 21.60cm
Weight:   0.349kg
ISBN:  

9780313261299


ISBN 10:   0313261296
Pages:   156
Publication Date:   24 October 1988
Audience:   College/higher education ,  Undergraduate ,  Postgraduate, Research & Scholarly
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Active
Availability:   In Print   Availability explained
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Table of Contents

The Nature of International Resource Conflict Theories about Causes and Consequences of Resource Conflict Methodology for Case Study Analysis Conflict over Endangered Species--The Whaling Confrontation Conflict over Fossil Fuels--the Oil Crisis Conflict over Food--the Grain Coercion Conflict over Nonfuel Minerals---the Strategic Minerals Threat Conflict over Pollution--the Chernobyl Nuclear Disaster Evaluation of Case Study Patterns Policy Implications

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This useful refresher on one of the oldest subjects in international relations tests general ideas against case studies of recent experience in whaling, oil, grain, strategic minerals, and pollution (Chernobyl). The prescriptions for policies to avoid conflicts are sensible. -Foreign Affairs As resource scarcity threatens, the economic gap between affluent and poorer nations continues to widen and the conflict over natural resources is assuming critical dimensions. The author analyzes the causes and consequences of present tensions. -Abstracts of Development Studies ?This useful refresher on one of the oldest subjects in international relations tests general ideas against case studies of recent experience in whaling, oil, grain, strategic minerals, and pollution (Chernobyl). The prescriptions for policies to avoid conflicts are sensible.?-Foreign Affairs ?As resource scarcity threatens, the economic gap between affluent and poorer nations continues to widen and the conflict over natural resources is assuming critical dimensions. The author analyzes the causes and consequences of present tensions.?-Abstracts of Development Studies


?This useful refresher on one of the oldest subjects in international relations tests general ideas against case studies of recent experience in whaling, oil, grain, strategic minerals, and pollution (Chernobyl). The prescriptions for policies to avoid conflicts are sensible.?-Foreign Affairs


This useful refresher on one of the oldest subjects in international relations tests general ideas against case studies of recent experience in whaling, oil, grain, strategic minerals, and pollution (Chernobyl). The prescriptions for policies to avoid conflicts are sensible. -Foreign Affairs As resource scarcity threatens, the economic gap between affluent and poorer nations continues to widen and the conflict over natural resources is assuming critical dimensions. The author analyzes the causes and consequences of present tensions. -Abstracts of Development Studies ?As resource scarcity threatens, the economic gap between affluent and poorer nations continues to widen and the conflict over natural resources is assuming critical dimensions. The author analyzes the causes and consequences of present tensions.?-Abstracts of Development Studies ?This useful refresher on one of the oldest subjects in international relations tests general ideas against case studies of recent experience in whaling, oil, grain, strategic minerals, and pollution (Chernobyl). The prescriptions for policies to avoid conflicts are sensible.?-Foreign Affairs


Author Information

ROBERT MANDEL is Professor of International Affairs at Lewis and Clark College. His publications include Perception, Decision Making, and Conflict and Irrationality in International Confrontation (Greenwood Press, 1987), as well as journal artcles on world politics, conflict resolution, and related areas.

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