The civilianization of armed conflict: trends and implications

Civilians play an increasingly important and complex role in armed conflicts, both as victims and perpetrators. While this overall trend of "civilianization" encompasses all types of present-day conflicts, it takes on a very different nature in high-technology warfare than in the context of low-technology combats that are typical of many civil wars.

About the authors

Andreas Wenger
Professor

Andreas Wenger is Professor of International and Swiss Security Policy and Director of the Center for Security Studies at ETH Zurich.

Simon J. A. Mason
Senior Researcher

Dr Simon J. A. Mason is a senior researcher working at the Center for Security Studies at ETH Zurich.