The extraction of lucrative natural resources is increasingly, in several regions of the world, a source of violence—conflicts in which transnational corporations are frequently complicit but that they are also typically best positioned to resolve. While theoretical analysis of natural-resourcerelated violence is not yet mature, there are strong reasons for the U.S. armed forces and their civilian leadership to be cautious about intervening in such conflicts.
"Globalization and Natural-Resource Conflicts,"
Naval War College Review: Vol. 56
, Article 7.
Available at: http://digital-commons.usnwc.edu/nwc-review/vol56/iss4/7