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emergence of violent conflict more rather than less likely.” Lthough not unprecedented, Reid’s prediction of an upsurge in resource conflict is
significant both because of his senior rank and the vehemence of his remarks. “The blunt truth is that the lack of water and agricultural land is a
significant contributory factor to the tragic conflict we see unfolding in Darfur,” he declared. “We should see this as a warning sign.” Resource
conflicts of this type are most likely to arise in the developing world, Reid indicated, but the more advanced and affluent countries are not likely
to be spared the damaging and destabilizing effects of global climate change. With sea levels rising, water and energy becoming increasingly
scarce and prime agricultural lands turning into deserts, internecine warfare over access to vital resources will become a global phenomenon.
Reid’s speech, delivered at the prestigious Chatham House in London (Britain’s equivalent of the Council on Foreign Relations), is but the most
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