The true aim of warfare is to render the enemy powerless," said Carl von Clausewitz1, a Prussian military philosopher. Carl proposed that war itself is "an entirely rational undertaking, unsullied by human emotion"2.
Whilst it is the aim of one fighting force to 'render the enemy powerless', the many present scenarios show that it is the goal of some to completely annihilate the enemy.
Theories and predictions portray an even worse scenario.
There are many ideas on the art of warfare; the present-day conflict characteristics, and future ones offer many variations and paradigms. Some theories, like those of Hames and Crefeld are critically discussed.
This study will focus on the causes of future conflicts, ideological, resources, and environmental causes. Historical background of conflicts, interstate or intrastate, wars perpetrated by terrorist organisations, state actors and non-state actors, will be dealt with in this study. The causes, characteristics, personalities involved are researched and examined. This essay is restricted to an analysis of articles and documents presented by theorists and professional military men that are available through the different media.
Interstate ethnic conflict entails a set of deliberate strategic interactions and processes by which the behavior of one state creates a crisis for one or more state actors who perceive a core threat to values, finite time for response, and a heightened likelihood of military hostilities.3
Examples of interstate wars, engaged during the decade since the end of the Cold War are: Armenia-Azerb ...