Civil war

Experimental visualization of narrower problems
Other Names:
Civil strife
Intrasocietal military conflict

A society that has no effective channels for settling political and economic grievances among its classes and parties may erupt in civil war. The term may be a misnomer in so far as civil refers only to civilians taking part, since military units of various types may join in. Such wars are not likely to show civility either, often being characterized by intense fratricidal hatreds. Those opposed to the government may be termed insurgents, revolutionaries, counter-revolutionaries, resistance fighters, guerrillas, and other names, depending on circumstances. Civil wars may involve sabotage, terrorism and other crimes. Civil war is recognizable when the insurgents do not disperse but manage to hold a territory, or when the government in power invokes martial law. Not all civil wars have the overthrow of the government as their intention, although this is always the aim of revolutions; some have the intent of forcing legislative changes or of securing powers or privileges which are felt due.

Broader Problems:
Civil violence
Related UN Sustainable Development Goals:
GOAL 11: Sustainable Cities and CommunitiesGOAL 16: Peace and Justice Strong Institutions
Problem Type:
C: Cross-sectoral problems
Date of last update
04.10.2020 – 22:48 CEST