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A Guilty Pleasure: The Global Chocolate Economy and the Conflict in Côte d’Ivoire
The global cocoa trade, of which Côte d’Ivoire supplies 35-40% each year, casts a long shadow over both Côte d’Ivoire’s decade-long crisis and the fragile prosperity that preceded it, and can be tied to human rights violations that were endemic both before and during the conflict.
Resource governance and armed conflicts: the cases of Sierra Leone and Iraq
Philippe Le Billon
To develop a conceptual framework for analyzing resource governance in conflict-affected countries; examine patterns of external intervention in resource governance in conflict-affected countries over the past decade; analyze the evolution, legitimacy, and impacts of external intervention in resource governance in Sierra Leone (diamonds) and Iraq (petroleum).
Publications
Wars of Plunder: Conflicts, Profits and the Politics of Resources
Philippe Le Billon
Focusing on three key resources of oil, diamonds,and timber, Associate Professor Phillipe Le Billion's book explores the outbreak of war and conflict in resource-rich countries.
January 17, 2012
The Right Way to End India's 'Nuclear Apartheid'
Wade Huntley
Canada's exemplary record as a steadfast advocate of global nuclear disarmament faces a moment of truth. A new deal to re-open global nuclear co-operation with India is nearing completion. Canada will soon be called upon to formally support exempting India from Nuclear Suppliers Group restrictions on nuclear trade with countries lacking "full-scope" International Atomic Energy Agency safeguards on all their nuclear facilities. Drawing on the recently released Canadian Policy on Nuclear Cooperation with India[link to web page], Huntley examines the dilemmas facing Canadian policy-makers and urges that encouraging global nuclear disarmament remain a basis for building future relations with India.
December 20, 2007
Natural resources, armed conflicts, and the UN Security Council
Philippe Le Billon
The United Nations Security Council (UNSC) has taken an unprecedented number of measures to tackle links between natural resources and armed conflicts over the past decade
May 30, 2007
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Events
Jan
12
2012
Coltan, Advocacy, and Conflict Minerals in the Congo
January 12, 2012
Join us in a presentation on Coltan and other conflict mineral issues by Michael Nest, Congo researcher and author of the recently published "Coltan."
Oct
19
2010
From Curse to Cure? Natural Resources in Post-Conflict Liberia
October 19, 2010
Presented by the first Liu Institute Visiting Scholar in Residence at Green College, Wynet Smith.
May
5
2010
Networking Justice: The Local and Global in Transition
May 05, 2010
The Transitional Justice Network is hosting a one-day workshop designed to promote interdisciplinary exchange and facilitate greater networking and collaboration on related research topics across three universities in Western Canada: SFU, UVic, and UBC. The workshop will be devoted to understanding indigenous, institutional, and creative approaches to transitional justice.
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