12:30—2:00 PM
Center for Global Development, 1800 Massachussets Ave, NW, Third Floor, Washington, DC

Renewable Resources Shocks and Conflict in India’s Maoist Belt

Kishore Gawande
Professor and Roy and Helen Ryu Chair of Economics and Government, Bush School of Government and Public Service, Texas A&M University

Devesh Kapur
Non-Resident Fellow, Center for Global Development
Director of the Center for Advanced Study of India, University of Pennsylvania

With Discussant
Gopal Pillai
Former Home Secretary, Government of India

Hosted by
Arvind Subramanian
Senior Fellow and Director of the Understanding India Initiative
Center for Global Development

India’s prime minister says the Maoist conflict is the biggest internal security challenge in his country’s history. Does environmental degradation play role in the violence? Kishore Gawande and Devesh Kapur will present a paper that uses a novel data set on violent deaths and satellite images that capture “greenness” – a good measure of farm and forest resources – to explore this question. They find that degradation significantly increases the intensity of conflict. Following the presentation, Gopal Pillai, who until recently was a senior official dealing with the Maoist insurgency, will discuss the broader governance implications of the paper.

*This seminar series is organized by CGD's Understanding India initiative, which explores India's development challenges and experiences and the lessons they might offer for other developing countries.

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