2 Major International Issues: terrorism and natural resources


The lecture will first try to define terrorism (and explain this phenomenon) as an international threat (and to explain why states didn’t succeed to find a common definition for it) before to clarify its roots in local grievances. Secondly, the lecturer will try to map the key natural resources in the world and their impact on international relations. Finally, the lecturer will analyze the correlation between the existence of natural resources and weak institutions in a country.

Related documents:

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Paul R. Ehrlich, Jianguo Liu, Some Roots of Terrorism
Carlos Pascual, The Geopolitics of Energy: From Security to Survival, 2008
William F. Shughart II, An Analytical History of Terrorism, 1945-2000, 2006
Bryan Caplan, Terrorism: The Relevance of the Rational Choice Model, 2006
James D. Fearon, Primary Commodity Exports and Civil War