Asian Journal of Environment and Disaster Management (AJEDM)

Volume 2 Number 1 (2010)

Asian Journal of Environment and Disaster Management 2010 2 1

doi: 10.3850/S179392402009000313

Natural Resources, Post-Conflict Reconstruction, and Regional Integration

Carl Bruch1, Ross Wolfarth2 and Vladislav Michalcik3
1Environmental Law Institute, 2000 L Street NW, Suite 620, Washington, DC 20036, USA.
2Columbia Law School, 435 West 116 Street New York, NY 10027, USA.
3Academy on Human Rights and Humanitarian Law, American University Washington College of Law, 4801 Massachusetts Ave, NW Washington, DC 20016, USA.


This chapter identifies several characteristics of successful efforts for post-conflict regional integration and the role of natural resources in the processes. These include an explicitly and well-defined regional approach, significant commitments of financial and technical resources by outside donors, a coordinated time-bound plan of action, and a high degree of adaptability. Finally, the chapter explores how the lessons learned from these attempts to foster peace through regional natural resource management may be applied to Afghanistan and other post-conflict regions.

Keywords: Technical assistance, Post-conflict cooperation, Capacity- and institutionbuilding, Post-conflict reconstruction, Regional integration.

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