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by Colin H. Kahl

Category: Politics and Government
Subcategory: Political books
Author: Colin H. Kahl
ISBN: 0691138354
ISBN13: 978-0691138350
Language: English
Publisher: Princeton University Press (August 3, 2008)
Pages: 368
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describes two main paths by which extreme poverty raises the likelihood of violent conflict and the collapse of a state into lawlessness. -Jeffrey D. Sachs, Scientific American.

describes two main paths by which extreme poverty raises the likelihood of violent conflict and the collapse of a state into lawlessness. Colin Kahl is a highly select class: he ranges back and forth across analysis of the natural and social worlds with nimbleness and a mastery of his material. The book he has produced is a tour de force.

Over the past several decades, civil and ethnic wars have undermined prospects for economic and political development, destabilized entire regions of the globe, and left millions dead

Over the past several decades, civil and ethnic wars have undermined prospects for economic and political development, destabilized entire regions of the globe, and left millions dead.

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Colin Kahl is assistant professor in the Securities Studies Program at Georgetown University's Edmund A. .Colin Kahl is a highly select class: he ranges back and forth across analysis of the natural and social worlds with nimbleness and a mastery of his material

Colin Kahl is assistant professor in the Securities Studies Program at Georgetown University's Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service, and a fellow at the Center for a New American Security. He is also a consultant for the Political Instability Task Force and the Department of Defense. Over the past several decades, civil and ethnic wars have undermined prospects for economic and political development, destabilized entire regions of the globe, and left millions dead

Colin Kahl has entered this debate with force, clarity, and insight. I am by no means a disinterested party in this debate.

Colin Kahl has entered this debate with force, clarity, and insight.

Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2006. It is the aim of Colin Kahl's book to tackle this issue not by a mere theoretical and conceptual discussion but by using two intensely studied cases as material to construct such a conceptualization and to render it empirically applicable and plausible. Export citation Request permission.

Over the past several decades, civil and ethnic wars have undermined prospects for economic and political development, destabilized entire regions of the globe, and left millions dead. States, Scarcity, and Civil Strife in the Developing World argues that demographic and environmental stress--the interactions among rapid population growth, environmental degradation, inequality, and emerging scarcities of vital natural resources--represents one important source of turmoil in today's world.

Kahl contends that this type of stress places enormous strains on both societies and governments in poor countries, increasing their vulnerability to armed conflict. He identifies two pathways whereby this process unfolds: state failure and state exploitation. State failure conflicts occur when population growth, environmental degradation, and resource inequality weaken the capacity, legitimacy, and cohesion of governments, thereby expanding the opportunities and incentives for rebellion and intergroup violence. State exploitation conflicts, in contrast, occur when political leaders themselves capitalize on the opportunities arising from population pressures, natural resource scarcities, and related social grievances to instigate violence that serves their parochial interests.

Drawing on a wide array of social science theory, this book argues that demographically and environmentally induced conflicts are most likely to occur in countries that are deeply split along ethnic, religious, regional, or class lines, and which have highly exclusive and discriminatory political systems. The empirical portion of the book evaluates the theoretical argument through in-depth case studies of civil strife in the Philippines, Kenya, and numerous other countries. The book concludes with an analysis of the challenges demographic and environmental change will pose to international security in the decades ahead.

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