The Economics of Conflict (EoC) initiative explores the economic forces behind political violence. Building on years of Crisis Group reporting on economic topics, this effort integrates economic expertise, new data sources and quantitative analysis to complement our traditional fieldwork approach, reach new audiences and deepen our impact. The EoC initiative collaborates with the Empirical Studies of Conflict Project, a network of political scientists and economists at top U.S. universities, and was launched with a generous donation by philanthropist and Crisis Group board member Alexander Soros.
Across swathes of southern Venezuela, army units, Colombian guerrillas and crime syndicates jostle for control over gold mines funnelling hard currency to President Nicolás Maduro’s government. Outside powers should stop considering military intervention and instead help broker a peaceful transition in Venezuela, lest chaos ensue.