Insurgencies today are not just in isolated areas, but increasingly in denser, more mature states:
- An insurgency is insurrection against your government by people who are not recognized as being “combatants” (military force).
- Those people may not be official combatants, but they may be heavily armed and acting like a conventional army, and/or may resort to guerrilla warfare.
- Insurgencies can be broad-based, and as we have seen can go on for years (or decades), decimating the economy and ability of businesses to survive and grow.
- They are sometimes financed and supported by other states or organizations — what is typically called a proxy war. That can extend the insurgency’s viability.
- The loss of life in protracted insurgencies is horrific.
- The ability to operate a business in the midst of an insurgency can range from problematic to impossible.
- The probability of damage to life and property can be extremely high.
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