One of a series of 13 briefs exploring the strengths and weaknesses of
the policies advocated in Paul Collier's controversial and influential
book 'The Bottom Billion'.
The world's poorest countries are particularly vulnerable to civil
wars, which are difficult to stop. Policies designed to tackle
structural problems before conflict erupts are likely to be more
effective than reactive intervention after domestic violence has broken
out, and appropriately trained local and regional armies have an
important part to play. Constructing preventative strategies, security
guarantees and ensuring co-operation between regional and Western
alliances, particularly the European Union, are priorities.
IDS In Focus Issue 3.8, Institute of Development Studies, University of Sussex, Brighton, UK, 4 pp.