Conflict And Conflict In The Bottom Billion By John Collier

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In The Bottom Billion by Collier, he persuasively explains the reasons unindustrialized countries are developing at low rates. In addition, Collier proposes policies in an effort to get away from the sluggishness. Even though Collier has emphasized on the geopolitical affairs in the developing countries, there are shortcomings in his highlights. Collier does not take into account the historical context of those countries. Collier too does not take into consideration the role of Western countries in those four traps and the gaps in the available statistics about the poor countries. It is evident that Collier utilizes information from discussions he had with African leaders rather than taking a broader view of other people who have had experiences in those countries. Nonetheless, Collier has presented a strong piece in his book The Bottom Billion.Collier also outlines four traps that are the cause of the stagnation of the poorest countries, which include; increased conflict, the supply of natural resources, and the characteristic of being landlocked, and poor governance.
Notably, conflict is the first trap cited by Collier. Increased conflict can be attributed to civil wars in Africa. Thus, conflict impedes growth due to the costs associated with the civil wars. A significant percentage of the citizens of the poorest countries have experienced civil wars. Collier recommends the use of military forces to intervene in civil wars and restore order within those countries.

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