The attempt to regulate conflict diamonds

David Gold

Abstract


NGO's with an interest in peace and development in Africa documented the role of diamonds in conflict while social scientists were researching and modeling the role of natural resources in long-standing violent conflicts. Journalists described what was happening on the ground. The United Nations took an active role as it expanded its mandate to broker and maintain the peace in these conflict zones. And industry, responding to political pressures and changing economic conditions, joined in the efforts to find a solution. Not all governments participated with equal vigor, and many participants prefer to retain a significant degree of ambiguity in the procedures that are established. Future prospects depend upon these stakeholders maintaining an active involvement in the issue. Of even greater importance is to produce a viable pattern of economic development that permits countries to utilize their natural resources without driving conflict.

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.15355/epsj.1.1.49

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