Interstate conflict

Mitchell Publishes Research Article on Cross-Border Troubles and Intrastate Conflict


Sara Mitchell, senior research fellow in the Politics & Policy Research Program, recently authored a paper in Political Geography analyzing the influence of interstate river conflicts on intrastate violence. Mitchell examined several regions of the world that experienced riots, demonstrations, and civil wars between the years 1900 and 2001. She argues that interstate disagreements over cross-border river basins increase incidence of intrastate conflict.

According to Mitchell, such conflict is largely driven by unequal access to water-based resources. Downstream countries, countries with ethnic dominance and countries with migrants/displaced populations, are at increased risk for conflict. Read Mitchell's paper here.