I have a research design paper for my investigating International Relations class. I chose my empirical question as “How does discovery of natural resources affect ongoing separatist movements”. Useful examples are current discovery of oil in the east Mediterranean and the conflict between Turkey- Greece and Turkish and Greek Cypriots because there has been conflict going on since many years ago and the new discovery causes the escalation of the conflict. Another example is conflict in the west-Saharan Africa between morocco, Algeria and Mauritania about newly discovery of phosphates. As another example I chose the conflict between Kurds and Iraqi people and how discovery of oil escalated the conflict. This would prove that discovery of natural resources has been affected separatist conflict back then and now.