Title

The Causes, Character and Conduct of Internal Armed Conflict and the Effects on Civilian Populations, 1990-2010

RIS ID

128299

Publication Details

Farrell, T. & Schmitt, O. 2017, 'The Causes, Character and Conduct of Internal Armed Conflict and the Effects on Civilian Populations, 1990-2010', in A. Edwards, V. Turk & C. Wouters (eds), In Flight from Violence and Conflict: UNHCR's consultations on refugee status and other forms of international protection, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, United Kingdom. pp. 25-58.

Abstract

It is clear that the end of the cold war did not usher in a period of peace in the world. Quite the opposite: Asia, Africa, the Middle East, Latin America and even Europe have all endured armed conflicts since 1990. The vast bulk of these have been internal wars. Of the ninety-six armed conflicts that occurred between 1989 and 1996, only five were between states. This trend became even more pronounced in the 2000s. As one major survey notes, '[w]hat stands out in the 21st century is the lack of large-scale interstate conflict.' Thus, of fourteen armed conflicts recorded in 2014, only one was between states; the rest occurred within states? This chapter explores causes, character and conduct of internal armed conflicts since 1990 and the effects on civilian populations ...

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http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/9781316771143.003