Providing both a means and a motive for armed conflict, the continued access of combatants in contemporary civil wars to lucrative natural resources has often served to counter the incentives for peace. Toward Profiting from Peace offers the first comprehensive assessment of the practical strategies and tools that might be used effectively, by both international and state actors, to help reduce the illicit exploitation of natural resources and the related financial flows that sustain the violence.
Karen Ballentine, previously senior associate at the International Peace Academy, is a consultant on the political economy of civil wars. She is coeditor of The Political Economy of Armed Conflict: Beyond Greed and Grievance. Heiko Nitzschke is EACW program officer at IPA. He has also worked with Transparency International and the World Bank and served as a consultant to Oxfam America.