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URVIO Revista Latinoamericana de Estudios de Seguridad

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GAJATE BAJO, María. Considerations about Asymmetric War through History. URVIO [online]. 2019, n.24, pp.204-220. ISSN 1390-4299.

Asymmetric war has turned into an expression with good reception and great popularity to refer to the "new" wars of the 21st century. However, its definition presents some controversy. On one hand, its characterization is not easy because asymmetric war combines irregular tolls of fight and also, with restrictions, conventional ones. On the other hand, from a historical approach it is also difficult to detail what its alleged original character consists of. This article will address both subjects in order to review the main contributions made until now and to feature some distinctive characters of this kind of conflict.

Keywords : asymmetric warfare; counterinsurgency; fourth wave wars; guerrilla; terrorism.

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