Global Witness – Oil and Conflict Fact Sheet (12/05/14)

Oil production in fragile states increases the likelihood of violent insurgencies and increases their duration and intensity, while oil revenue that could be used to reduce aid dependency and fund development often fuels corruption and weakens governments instead. Driving greater accountability and transparency is important not just as a humanitarian concern, but for the national security of the United States and its allies. Better natural resource management lessens the likelihood of conflicts that result in US troop deployments or US financing of international military interventions, while reducing the risk of crime, terrorism and other spillover effects which can create instability on a regional scale.

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