Handbook Dialogue No. 3
In recent years, war economies have become recognised ever more widely as a force to be reckoned with in transforming violent ethnopolitical conflict. Economics could no longer be seen as a separate, apolitical sphere. Instead, it seemed to play a central role in sustaining violence and fighting. Economics thus gained prominence, both as a crucial aspect in thorough analyses of violent inter-group conflict and as a sector in society from which new actors – engaged in waging war or building peace – had to be factored in. This Dialogue sets out to assess the usefulness of current analytic approaches and policy recommendations in dealing constructively with war economies. Starting off with an overview of the state of the debate by Karen Ballentine and Heiko Nitzschke, respondents from a broad variety of backgrounds add their reflections, strategies and critique, both from regional perspectives (Sri Lanka, West Africa) and topical ones (globalisation, international actors, civil society or gender).