The links between natural resources, conflict and violence are complex and varied. The “resource curse” theory popularized in the 1990s has largely given way to a more sophisticated understanding of how and when land and natural resource management exacerbates or mitigates conflict. But even this new understanding is being upended by climate change, which is throwing formerly stable systems of land and resource governance into disarray and instigating competition and conflict over dwindling resources.
Join USAID’s Center for Conflict and Violence Prevention and USAID’s Land and Resources Governance Division for a year-long event series that explores the interface of conflict, climate change, and governance of land and natural resources. The Frontiers series is made possible by USAID’s Integrated Natural Resources Management Project in partnership with New America.