Unequal Employment Opportunities Is the Main Cause of Armed Conflict. Discuss.

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“Unequal employment opportunities is the main cause of armed conflict within a nation-state.” Do you agree? Explain your answer.

I agree that unequal employment opportunities is one significant cause of armed conflict within a nation state. But another factor leading to armed conflict is divided loyalties. The case study used in this essay is Northern Ireland. Unequal employment opportunities is one significant cause of armed conflict in Northern Ireland. In Protestant-dominant Northern Ireland, the Catholics, being the minority in the nation, did not receive equal employment opportunities as the Protestants, despite their academic qualifications being comparable to that of the Protestants. The government is also dominated by the
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Determined to gain equal rights, the Catholics supported paramilitary groups like the Irish Republican Army (IRA) to used armed violence against the British troops. This resulted in a chain sequence of violence between the Protestants and Catholics, where both parties continue retaliating each other, causing a cycle of armed conflict in Northern Ireland.
Divided loyalties is another significant cause of armed conflict within Northern Ireland.

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