What is the role of civilians in armed conflict in regions rich in natural resources? In this project, we examine how civilians interact and cooperate with militants in the oil-producing Niger Delta region of Nigeria using detailed survey data from communities near former militant camps and present oil theft operations used to fund militant groups. We explore the types of information about oil production and oil theft possessed by civilians, how the social networks of militants are embedded with those of these communities, and whether and how militants extract information from civilians in these communities.
Imai, K.; Blair, G. Poverty, Militancy, and Citizen Demands in Natural Resource-Rich Regions (IGC Policy Brief). International Growth Centre (IGC), London, UK (2013) 3 pp.