Coltan mining and conflict in the eastern democratic republic of congo Drc

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    This chapter provides a case study on coltan mining and conflict in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), as a human security case study. The case study highlights not only the degree of human insecurity in the DRC, but also issues relevant to an increasingly popular political economy of conflict discourse, and the debates over the nexus between conflict, security and development. In so doing, the case study also illustrates how human insecurity in coltan mines in the eastern DRC interconnects with consumers worldwide through globalised trade chains. Human insecurity in the eastern DRC is manifested by the engagement of the local population in dangerous artisanal mining, the ‘industry of last resort’. The chapter analyses the efficacy of the international response to the issue of coltan mining, which largely focuses on boycotting ‘blood coltan’ through due diligence, in an effort to break the link between coltan mining and violence in the eastern DRC.

    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationNew Perspectives on Human Security
    EditorsMalcolm McIntosh, Alan Hunter
    PublisherTaylor and Francis - Balkema
    Number of pages15
    ISBN (Electronic)9781351278799
    ISBN (Print)9781906093419
    Publication statusPublished - 2010

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Economics, Econometrics and Finance(all)
    • Business, Management and Accounting(all)
    • Social Sciences(all)


    • Peace and Conflict


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