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New publication on resource conflicts: Shades of conflict in Kyrgyzstan

Beril Ocaklı, Tobias Krüger and Jörg Niewöhner trace the structural roots of gold mining conflicts in Kyrgyzstan that have been on the rise since 2010.
New publication on resource conflicts: Shades of conflict in Kyrgyzstan

Mine workers at the Altynken mine in Orlovka. Source: Beril Ocaklı 2015

Shades of conflict reinforced by national actor perceptions

With advancing reosurce frontiers and the concomitant disturbances of local social-ecological systems (SES) resistance against new extractive projects is intensifying worldwide. Most studies focus on local perspectives and conflict at community scale. However, mining does not start there.This article traces the structural roots of mining conflicts through the lens of institutions as they are reinforced by national actors, who administer and govern gold licensing transactions in Kyrgyzstan.

 

The study informs us that the regularities of behaviour in gold mining unfold in different shades of conflict and thereby addresses a crucial research gap in the conflict timeline. The mining conflicts in Kyrgyzstan are driven by profound structural factors that are rooted in weak governance, lack of institutional trust and limited cooperation across national actor groups. Risks and costs are distributed to outgroups and threaten the local SES.

 

The research contributes to the scholarly debate on conflict dynamics by linking institutional analysis to the existing literature on mining conflicts, all against the background of post-socialist transformations.

Publication:

Ocaklı, Beril, Tobias Krueger, and Jörg Niewöhner. 2020. "Shades of Conflict in Kyrgyzstan: National Actor Perceptions and Behaviour in Mining."  International Journal of the Commons 14 (1):191-207. doi: 10.5334/ijc.988.

 

On mining see also:

https://www.iri-thesys.org/research/research-portraits/mining-stories