Armed Conflicts Report / Project Ploughshares
The Armed Conflicts Report includes detailed descriptions of current armed conflicts, updated annually, as well as descriptions of recently ended armed conflicts and maps depicting consequences of armed conflict.
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Crisis Management Inititative
Crisis Management Initiative is an independent, non-profit organisation that innovatively promotes and works for sustainable security. Full text publications are available and highly recommended.
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This is an excellent resource. There are direct links here to the INCORE Conflict Data Service, the Ethnic Studies Network, Reports and Publications, and the Guide to Resources in Conflict Resolution on the Internet, all of which are useful for the practitioner.
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Social and systemic integration in rural Bolivia / Johannes Winter / Lateinamerika-Zentrum / Arbeitshefte Nr. 91, 2005 / Westf
Abstract (Paper available in German only)
Internal rural migration is a demographic phenomenon, which affects the eastern Bolivian lowlands mainly in two different ways. On the one hand the migrations provoke a profound modification of the landscape by exploitation and potential degradation of the natural resources. On the other hand massive inflows of migrants cause the transformation of the local society. Intensity and dimension of those modifications depend on the level of integration of the individuals and groups, which are involved. Consequently, the inclusions of the actors into the social system (social integration) and the relationship between the parts of the society (systemic integration) determines the societal as well as the ecological equilibrium.
The current situation in the research area is characterized by the fragile systemic integration of the colonization area into the regional economy and society. There is a lack of market access for small-scale farmers, political and educational participation as well as social unity and equality. These facts complicate not only social integration and intercultural living together among migrants from the Andean highlands and the lowland people, but also threaten the ecological balance of the region. Furthermore, the results show a latent correlation between social integration and individual management of common natural resources, especially, if people prefer the personal prosperity prior to common welfare.
Consequently, without the political and civil intentions to resolve the systemic disintegration of a rural region like the research area, which is affected by poverty and different standards of living of migrant and local households, there will not be a sustainable socio-economic development.
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Swiss Peace Foundation
The Swiss Peace Foundation is a practice-oriented peace research institute which analyzes the causes of violent conflicts and develops strategies for their peaceful transformation. A number of articles and working papers covering current conflicts can be found here.
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A Conflict Resolution Page / Dimo Yagcioglu
This is an excellent starting point for finding conflict resolution websites on the internet. In addition, there are useful links to Ethnicity and Minority-Majority Relations websites, tips about search engines and tools for practitioners, and bibliographies dealing with conflict resolution.
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