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Diamonds and Other Precious Stones in Armed Conflicts and Law Enforcement Co-operation in Southern Africa

"This paper attempts to contribute to the continuing debate. It discusses the linkage between armed conflicts and extractive resources generally and specifically with reference to Southern Africa. The challenges arising from that linkage are then ex…

The Central African Crisis : From Predation to Stabilisation

"The current crisis in the Central African Republic (CAR) has sealed the fate of a state that depends on international aid and has long ceased to exist. Government has become little more than a patronage exercise, in which appointments to decisionm…

Getting a Grip on Central Sahel’s Gold Rush

In the central Sahelian countries of Mali, Burkina Faso and Niger, armed groups have seized gold mining sites since 2016 in areas where the state is weak or absent. Artisanal gold mining has boomed since the 2012 discovery of a Saharan vein stretchi…

The Likely Impact of COVID-19 on the Extractive Industries and its Governance Implications

COVID-19, the disease caused by the SARS-CoV-2 virus, has been declared a pandemic by the World Health Organization (WHO). Global policy responses have shut down economic activity in attempts to flatten the curve – to prevent a stiletto-type impact …

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