Are ‘New Wars’ More Atrocious? Battle Severity, Civilians Killed and Forced Migration Before and After the End of the Cold War

@article{Melander2009AreW,
  title={Are ‘New Wars’ More Atrocious? Battle Severity, Civilians Killed and Forced Migration Before and After the End of the Cold War},
  author={E. Melander and M. {\"O}berg and J. Hall},
  journal={European Journal of International Relations},
  year={2009},
  volume={15},
  pages={505 - 536}
}
  • E. Melander, M. Öberg, J. Hall
  • Published 2009
  • Political Science
  • European Journal of International Relations
  • It is widely believed that the human impact of civil conflict in the present era is especially destructive. Proponents of the ‘new wars’ thesis hold that today’s conflicts are fuelled by exclusive identities, motivated by greed in the absence of strong states, and unchecked by the disinterested great powers, resulting in increased battle severity, civilian death and displacement. The ratio of civilian to military casualties is claimed to have tilted, so that the overwhelming majority of those… CONTINUE READING
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