Studying regions of the world where violence is an inevitable daily occurrence is one way of casting new light on the close relationship between war and politics, a question which suddenly and directly concerns us, French citizens, who have become used to living in peace. The more warfare situations persist, the more the relationships between individuals and their perceptions of each other deeply mutate. The reasons for maintaining communal life or for destroying it are faced more acutely when some individuals exert over others the power of life and death. Therefore, the social and political changes in many societies have an impact on the way in which the protagonists engage in war or intervene in order to put an end to it. The complex relationships between foreign participants, weak states and non-state armed groups can also generate political disorder.
There still is and always will be time for citizens living in peaceful societies to stop being mere spectators and become actively involved in a collective reflection focusing on the way in which armed violence is present at the core of various societies.