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Bachelors of Arts (BA)


International Relations


Sue Peterson, Director

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Philip Roessler

Alison Scott


This paper explores the role of health in explaining the onset and severity of civil conflict. Whereas most research in this field focuses primarily on the impact that conflict has on health, or that disease and overall population health has on state stability and growth, I propose a new variable for consideration in this discussion: access to healthcare. This paper is the first in this field to explore the relationship between access to healthcare and the associated number and intensity of conflict events within states. I examine correlations between several healthcare and conflict indicators from ninety-four administrative regions within African states, spanning a period from 1997 to 2013. I find that results are mixed, but there are statistically significant relationships between accessibility, acceptability, accommodation, and social access elements of “access to healthcare” and the number and intensity of civil conflicts.

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