Quick & Dirty Guide to Wars In The World
November 13, 2005: Despite the media fascination with Iraq, warfare continues to decline across the globe. It's not that peace is breaking out everywhere, its more a matter of mass slaughter slowing down into civil disorder. There's no big money behind violence in most of the world. The exceptions are those few areas where the government (Sudan and Iran being the only cases at the moment), or non-government groups back widespread violence. Drug gangs (Colombia, Afghanistan) and Islamic radicals (Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, India) are the main cause of violence elsewhere.
Current wars are listed in alphabetical orders. Text underneath briefly describes current status. Click on country name for more details.
Taliban fighting back, but continues losing ground as new government slowly extends control. But independent minded tribes, warlords and drug gangs still stand in the way of peace, prosperity and true national unity.
Islamic rebels fading away, but a general uprising looms because of dissatisfaction with the old revolutionaries that refuse to honor election results or share power.
Main rebel group (UNITA) defeated, but some smaller ones have appeared to fight over oil wealth.
The Greater Albania Movement is driven by part time Albanian nationalists, full time gangsters and a growing number of Islamic radicals.Bosnia continues to attract Islamic terrorists.
Dictators brew rebellion by suppressing democrats and Islamic radicals.
The confrontation with Taiwan continues, as do hostilities with neighbors, separatists, dissenters and ancient enemies. China speeds up modernization of its armed forces.
After over three decades, leftist rebels losing support, recruits and territory.
Multiple tribal and political militias, plus an increasing number of bandits, continue to roam the countryside.
Kashmir is but one of many rebellions that beset the region. But India and Pakistan have nukes, making escalation a potential catastrophe. Recent peace talks have lowered the possibility of war, but both sides continue an arms race.
Separatism, pirates, Islamic terrorists and government corruption create an increasingly volatile situation.
Minority of Islamic conservatives have veto power over the majority of reformers. The supply of peaceful solutions is drying up. After that comes another revolution. Meanwhile, the Islamic conservatives are determined to build nuclear weapons.
Sunni Arab minority makes peace with the majority Kurds and Shia Arabs. But Sunni Arab Islamic radicals still back terrorism attacks against government and Shia Arabs (who are considered heretics).
Jewish and Palestinian radicals continue to confront peacemakers. The Palestinian people got tired of terrorism and are trying to work out a peace deal with Israel.
The north and the south fight over money, religion and power.
After half a century, North Korea continues to destroy its economy to maintain armed forces capable of invading South Korea.
Kurds continue 5,000 year struggle to form their own country.
Chaos, collapse and tired of fighting. There is peace, but no prosperity.
Several "failed states" (countries with populations that cannot govern themselves) are found here.
Radical communist rebels battle to overthrow a popular monarchy.
Too many tribes, too much oil money and too much corruption creates too much violence.
POTENTIAL HOT SPOTS
Various places where the local situation is warming up and might turn into a war.
Islamic minority in the south wants it's own country, and expulsion of non-Moslems. Communist rebels in the north fight for social justice and a dictatorship.
Rebuilding and reforming the Soviet era armed forces and fighting gangsters and Islamic radicals in Chechnya.
RWANDA & BURUNDI
War between better organized and more aggressive Tutsis and more numerous Hutu tribes. It's been going on for centuries.
A failed state. It was never a country, but a collection of clans and tribes that fight each other constantly over land and other economic issues.Attempting to establish a new government.
Tamil minority (19th century economic migrants from southern India) battle to partition the island.
Moslems in the north try to suppress separatist tendencies among Christians in the south. Complicated by oil fields in the south, and Moslem government attempts to drive Christians from oil region. Battles over land in the west pit Arab herders against black Sudanese farmers. Both sides are Moslem, but the government is backing the Arabs.
Moslems in the south have a different religion than most Thais, and are different ethnically as well (they are Malays). Islamic radicalism has arrived, along with an armed effort to create a separate Islamic state among the few million people in the area.
Religion and tribalism combine to create a persistent rebellion in the north, which is aided by Sudan.
WAR ON TERROR
International terrorism has created a international backlash and a war unlike any other.