This paper explores the effect of natural disasters on conflict. Disasters disrupt daily lives and social systems and call into question prevailing social and political arrangements. Directly and indirectly they create the conditions for instability and conflict by exacerbating social grievances and resource scarcities, and accelerating changes in social systems. Despite a plethora of studies in the disaster realm, however, negligible attention has been devoted to the study of conflict in the aftermath of a natural disaster. This study takes a preliminary step in that direction, analyzing the wide range of environmental, social, spatial, political, and psychological effects of natural disasters in both conflict-ridden and conflict-free areas of the world.
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