Iraq, Afghanistan, Darfur. All resonate loudly on the international stage, exposing and illustrating the intractable links among global security, war and conflict, the control over natural resources—be they oil, water, timber or "conflict diamonds"—and the deployment of aid money and the manipulation of international trade policies. This volume, written by leading authorities from across the globe, introduces the linkages among trade, aid and security, and exposes how inappropriate or misused trade and aid policies can and do undermine security and contribute to violence and the disintegration of nation states. On a practical level, they demonstrate how six key areas of trade and aid policy can be used to help forge stability and security, reduce the likelihood of armed conflict and assist economic and political recovery in our war-torn world. Foreword by Lloyd Axworthy.
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Introduction (PDF - 309 kb)
Chapter 4: Building Markets for Conflict-free Goods (PDF - 491 kb)
Duncan Brack and Gavin Hayman
Chapter 6: Managing Revenues from Natural Resources and Aid (PDF - 429 kb)
Richard Auty and Philippe Le Billon
What people are saying about Trade, Aid and Security: An agenda for peace and development
"A compelling contribution to our evolving understanding of the links between trade, aid and security and what the international community needs to do to ensure peace and development in the world."
Achim Steiner, Executive Director, United Nations Environment Programme
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"As we begin to contemplate what the post-Iraq world will look like, it is vital that we reflect on the limits of the utility of hard power and the importance that development can play in avoiding failed states before they fail, preventing conflicts where we can and more successfully re-building states afterwards where we have to. This timely book makes a most important contribution to that process."
Lord Paddy Ashdown, UN High Representative for Bosnia and Herzegovina, 2002–2006; Leader of U.K. Liberal Democrat Party, 1988–1999
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"As UN Special Representative to the Great Lakes Region of Africa I have seen the devastating impact of the trade in 'conflict resources' with my own eyes. Amongst much else, this book shows how different trade and aid policies can tackle the trade in conflict resources and make a real contribution to secure societies. It is essential reading."
Mohamed Sahnoun, Special Representative of the UN Secretary General in Central and East Africa; Member of the IISD Board of Directors
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"For far too long the international community has stood by while countries around the world descend into conflict and anarchy. We need to understand how we can engage more effectively with fragile and failing states. 'Trade, Aid and Security: an agenda for peace and development' is an important step in this direction."
Jan Pronk, Special Representative of the UN Secretary General in Sudan; Former Minister of Development and the Environment, The Netherlands