Causes of intrastate-conflict
Last semester I conducted an extensive research project on the causes on intrastate-conflict (civil war, insurgency, armed rebellion etc.) throughout the world and ended with some very interesting results. I began my study by hypothesizing what could be some causes of conflict based on simple understanding of numerous intrastate conflicts throughout the world i.e. Numerous African conflicts, the current Subcomadante insurgency in Mexico, and a variety of civil wars in Central America and South-East Asia.
I began by thinking that economic and political (levels of oppression/freedom etc.) among other factors played major roles in the causation of intrastate-conflict. When analyzing data I found that economic factors like unemployment, low GDP and per capita income had little or no effect while political factors accounted for a large majority of conflicts.
I apologize for the long post, but I was hoping that a QP perspective could possible shine some light on why economic factors did not seem to cause conflict while political factors did. Also I am interested, again from a QP perspective in what may be some other underlying causes of intrastate- conflicts.