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GARY L. GUERTNER is the Chairman of the Department of National Security and Strategy, U.S. Army War College. Prior to this position, he was Director of Research at the College’s Strategic Studies Institute. He holds B.A. and M.A. degrees in Political Science from the University of Arizona and a Ph.D. in International Relations from the Claremont Graduate School. A former Marine Corps officer and veteran of Vietnam, Dr. Guertner has also served on the staff of the U.S. Arms Control and Disarmament Agency and as a Professor of political Science at California State University, Fullerton. He is the editor and an author of The Search For Strategy: Politics and Strategic Vision, Greenwood Press, 1993, and has written books and articles for numerous professional journals.
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Authored by Major General William A. Stofft, Dr. Gary L. Guertner.
Ethnic conflict is an ascendant phenomenon replacing ideology as a social force most likely to promote violence and regional instability. The ferocity of ethnic violence and its potential for escalation increase the political pressures for U.S. leadership and collective engagement. The U.S. Army has a direct interest in ethnic-based conflicts because land power is the dominant means for intervention through coalition peacekeeping and peace-enforcement operations.