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Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Politics
Civil war is the dominant form of armed conflict in the contemporary international system, and most severe lethal armed conflicts in the post-Cold War era have been civil/intrastate rather than interstate. Still, it would be misleading to see these conflicts as purely domestic, as many contemporary civil wars such as Syria display clear transnational characteristics, including inspirations from events in other countries, links to actors in other countries, as well as internationaldoi:10.1093/acrefore/9780190228637.013.312 fatcat:mzi7xngkyzdrxefsi3f6vefwym