Well, I'm translating a document from German to English... the term in German is: lokal begrenzte Kriege
by which is meant small, contained, local wars... unique to a given country or region - as opposed to a larger, international war (i.e. WWI, WWII, Vietnam....)
So I'm looking for a term that encompasses all of these kinds of smaller wars - and which differentiates them from the large ones...
as far as I know, we don't have an 'accepted' term in English - but this isn't really my field of specialty.