War and widespread poverty plague the developing countries of the world in a devastatingly violent cycle. This paper illustrates a correlation between economics and the role it can play in violence. The author surveys three theoretical approaches to understanding conflict resolution and socioeconomic causal relationships of violence, summarizes empirical evidence of those causal relationships, ex-plores these relationships in terrorism and civil war, and utilizes those theories and empirical data in an analytical case study of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, including a correlation coefficient ma-trix and regression analysis with policy implications. The theoretical approaches surveyed include hu-man security and development, the horizontal inequalities theory, and structural demographic theory. The unique and peaceful approach of growing a developing nation’s economy could be key to break-ing the cycle of violent conflict in war-torn countries and avoiding such violence in countries on the verge of civil war.
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Galster, K. (2015). Poverty and Conflict: Can Economic Development Prevent Conflict?. Journal of Interdisciplinary Conflict Science, 1(1), 7-29. Retrieved from https://nsuworks.nova.edu/jics/vol1/iss1/1