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The ecology of war: an evolutionary perspective on conflict over resources and prospects for peace

May 2017

Professor Dominic Johnson, Co-Director of the Oxford Martin Programme on Natural Governance.

Competition over resources and territory is not just a feature of modern or historical times, but a recurrent theme in the natural world, and a phenomenon that reaches far back in human evolutionary history. While modern conflict has many unique qualities, common patterns across species and time suggest important fundamental insights about human nature and social organisation that may help to address modern problems, especially those which are hard to resolve. 

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Series: The nature of conflict

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Dominic Johnson