The Legacies of Armed Conflict on Lasting Peace and Development in Latin America

The Legacies of Armed Conflict on Lasting Peace and Development in Latin America

Source: UN Chronicle, 2016

Author(s): Angelina Rettberg

Topics: Governance, Peace Agreements

Added: 06/09/2016

 

It has been widely documented that the relationship between armed conflict and development is circular. On the one hand, conflicts have been more frequent in less developed countries. On the other hand, in the course of conflict, conditions favorable to development tend to deteriorate, causing new conflicts to emerge and old ones to linger (Collier, and others, 2003; Gates, and others, 2014). Even when armed conflicts end, by military or negotiated means, the legacies of violent confrontation remain. These legacies include the atrophy of crucial social institutions, weak democratic regimes, corrupt practices in the distribution of natural resources, the ongoing circulation of weapons and the transformation or proliferation of crime. In sum, conflicts have lasting negative impacts on society.

 

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