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By Gunther Baechler

Since all-out interstate wars in the mean time appear to belong to the previous, con­ flict reviews concentration a growing number of on family conflicts. this can be a vast box, not just as the arbitrary line among struggle and sub-war violence disap­ pears and the analyst is faced with phenomena achieving from felony violence and clashes among groups to violent conflicts of lengthy length and civil wars with massacres and genocides as their features. it's also simply because there are such a lot of varieties of conflicts to be analyzed, such a lot of varieties of habit to be studied, while there's frequently little informa­ tion on hand on what's quite occurring. opposed to the historical past of inner conflicts, which are typically as protracted as diffuse by way of time, depth, actors, and their objectives, this learn goals to keep on with a particular pathway during the present thicket of violent conditions. It makes a speciality of causation styles via exploring the causal position of the environ­ psychological think about the genesis of violent conflicts taking place this present day and possibly much more so day after today. This procedure, which for as soon as doesn't specialize in a selected point of the clash method, on one sector within the clash geography, or on a particular classification of actors, analyzes causation dynamics.

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At the same time, the pathways may be quite complex. ENCOP (Bachler et at. 1996) provides a typology, which is inductively drawn from a set of about 40 area studies. It indicates the amalgamation of actor-oriented analyses and structurally defined arenas of conflict in terms of sociopolitical, ethnopolitical, and regional geography of environmental conflicts and wars. ENCOP did not start with complex theories and models but aimed at applying what is called »a gradualist approach to model-building« (Gleditsch 1997:8).

A common statement and indeed a truism is that population growth and migration may lead to conflict. Instead one must argue that both population growth and migration always lead to some sort of conflict. Yet the interesting questions in terms of predictability would be: how, where, and why do the two factors lead to serious social and political problems, which tend to become violent? Where does this very 30 CHAPTER 2 problem syndrome also exist but not lead or contribute to violence? And why not?

This study concentrates on the upper segment of causal linkage (see: fig. ), namely environmental transformation as a cause of current violent conflict and war. A cause is the meaningful connection between independent (explanans) and dependent variable (explanandum) in terms of cause, in the sense of primary source and effect. Only in the conclusions (see: 8) there will be examined if environmental conflicts have to be seen more with regard to the security dilemma between states or rather in view of deepening of the development dilemma within states.

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