Domestic conflict used to be defined by warring factions within a political state. A clearly defined 'us vs. them' dynamic in which parties could align with the side that best served their interests -- whether that be short or long term. The face of globalism has shifted that paradigm. Now, external actors, either sovereign armies or proxy mercenaries, are getting into the game without rebuke from a unified international body.
What does that mean for modern conflict? In the past, it was not unusual on my adventures to see the brutal face of contained civil war. Today, I see myriad micro-world wars where it is possible to run into Latin American mercenaries in African wars.Read More