Can World Peace Be Built on Empty Stomachs?


Shahriar Kibriya, Yu Zhang and Edwin Price

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This article attempts to investigate the allocation strategies and efficiencies of foreign intervention/assistance in conflict-prone developing nations. The analysis begins by examining the rationale and disbursements of sectoral foreign intervention to Iraq and Afghanistan from 2002-2010.  Assistance for agriculture and food security are extremely low in these conflict zones; however, a panel regression analysis of conflict and sectoral aid provides evidence that agricultural and food security assistance decrease conflict. Food security has a negative effect on intra-country violence, while aid for agricultural development decreases international conflict. Although aid for some sectors increases conflict and/or violence, aid disbursed for most other important sectors do not have a statistically significant negative effect on international conflict or intra-country violence.