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Civil Wars

A civil war is an armed conflict that concerns government or territory in which at least two parties of citizens of the same state use armed force to combat each other, one of them being the government. This entry discusses the genesis of civil wars, their causes, and prevention mechanisms.

The Genesis of Civil Wars

The Copenhagen Consensus project, a nonprofit organization that uses cost-benefit analysis in considering possible solutions to global problems, identified civil conflicts as one of the basic priorities, or global challenges, for development. The experts of the panel noted that measures to reduce the number, duration, and severity of civil wars would rank very high among priorities for development if such measures could be expected with any confidence to succeed.

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