n Conflict Trends - Transnational ethnic groups and conflict : the Zaghawa in Chad and Sudan

Volume 2008, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 1561-9818


A key difference between modern intrastate conflict and interstate war is the relative unimportance of national borders. Modern conflicts are not contained by political boundaries, and even 'local' conflicts are no longer strictly internal. Neighbouring countries may face heightened instability due to economic, political, population, military and other spill-overs. Parties are organised around identities (religious, cultural, ethnic and tribal), including parties comprising factions of the army or civilians.

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