The link between poverty and violent conflict

J. Brian Atwood

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"Blessed are the [poor] for they shall inherit the earth." This biblical aphorism is being realized at an alarming pace. Almost half the world's six billion people live under the poverty line of two dollars a day: 1.2 billion people earn less than one dollar a day and are in the extreme poverty category. By 2020, the globe likely will add two billion more people, 95 percent of whom will reside in the developing world. Absent any dramatic shift in policy priorities, the poor may indeed inherit the earth in the lifetimes of most of us.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationSticks & Stones: Living with Uncertain Wars
PublisherUniversity of Massachusetts Press
Number of pages8
ISBN (Print)1558495347, 9781558495340
StatePublished - Dec 1 2006


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