The Era of Urban Warfare is already here

Addressing vulnerability and promoting security
Posted Apr 11, 2018 | Foreign Policy Research Institute, MarĀ­garita KonĀ­aev, John Spencer

While rural insurgencies have not vanished, recent trends reflect a rapid rise of intrastate conflict involving non-state actors using cites to achieve their political goals. Industrial production, use of suicide bombers and the increasing use of weaponized drones highlight circumstances that will likely characterize future urban warfare operations. Mar­garita Kon­aev and John Spencer suggest in their article for the Foreign Policy Research Institute that vi­o­lent con­flicts are rising in densely pop­u­lated ur­ban ar­eas at a high cost to civil­ian life. They ascribe this to global ur­ban­isa­tion, volatile do­mes­tic po­lit­i­cal con­di­tions in de­vel­op­ing coun­tries, and changes in the char­ac­ter of armed con­flict.


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