Professor Leif Wenar of Kings College London discusses the resource curse with Global Policy's Kat Wall. After outlining the threat of the 'resource curse' for both exporting and importing states, he explores how the international system and individual countries' laws are facilitating its emergence. Most notably, he argues that through business legislation Western governments are putting their citizens into business relationships with violent actors in many of the globe's most conflict wracked nations. He continues by exploring the practical implementation of 'clean trade' policies and how we may begin to tackle the curse at its multiple sources.
For more information about the resource curse, clean trade and the work done by Professor Wenar, please visit his website here: wenar.info.
For a recent column by on Kenya’s potential to succumb to a resource curse please see: