Global governance and conflict diamonds: The Kimberley process and the quest for clean gems

J. Andrew Grant*, Ian Taylor

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Abstract

Through a series of meetings and consultations over the past four years - known as the Kimberley Process - representatives from government, civil society and the diamond industry have devised a regulatory framework that aims to end the trade in conflict diamonds. This article assesses the accomplishments and challenges associated with the regulatory framework ranging from the Kimberley Process Certification Scheme (KPCS) on the production and export of diamonds to the 'chain of warranties' upheld by diamond wholesalers and retailers. By tracing the evolution of conflict diamonds as a pressing human security concern in international politics, we demonstrate that the ongoing Kimberley Process represents an intriguing development in global governance and multi-track diplomacy.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)385-401
Number of pages17
JournalRound Table
Volume93
Issue number375
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jul 2004

Keywords

  • Civil society
  • Conflict diamonds
  • Diamond industry
  • Global governance
  • Human security
  • Kimberley Process

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