Peacebuilding and Natural Resource Governance After Armed Conflict

Sierra Leone and Liberia

  • Michael D. Beevers

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiii
  2. Michael D. Beevers
    Pages 1-15
  3. Natural Resources, Armed Conflict and Peacebuilding

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 17-17
  4. Conflict, Forests and Peacebuilding in Liberia

  5. Conflict, Diamonds, Minerals and Peacebuilding in Sierra Leone

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 121-122
  6. Transforming Conflict Resources into Peace Resources in Liberia and Sierra Leone

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 181-181
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 221-225

About this book


This book argues that a set of persuasive narratives about the links between natural resource, armed conflict and peacebuilding have strongly influenced the natural resource interventions pursued by international peacebuilders. The author shows how international peacebuilders active in Liberia and Sierra Leone pursued a collective strategy to transform “conflict resources” into “peace resources” vis-à-vis a policy agenda that promoted “securitization” and “marketization” of natural resources. However, the exclusive focus on securitization and marketization have been counterproductive for peacebuilding since these interventions render invisible issues connected to land ownership, environmental protection and sustainable livelihoods and mirror pre-war governing arrangements in which corruption, exclusion and exploitation took root. Natural resource governance  and peacebuilding must go beyond narrow debates about securitization and marketization, and instead be a catalyst for trust–building and cooperation that has a local focus, and pursues an inclusive agenda that not only serves the cause of peace, but the cause of people.

Michael D. Beevers is Assistant Professor of Environmental and International Studies at Dickinson College, USA.


Natural resource governance peacebuilding conflict resources corruption armed conflict securitization marketization sustainable peace

Authors and affiliations

  • Michael D. Beevers
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Environmental StudiesDickinson CollegeCarlisle, PAUSA

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