As I contemplate the rise worldwide in intrastate (in contrast to interstate) conflicts (see, e.g., van Creveld, 1991 and K. Holsti, 1996), leading to Yugoslavian and Rwandan-type situations, I sense the need to do something about them. As Rousseau has said, "wars occur because there is nothing to prevent them" (cited in Waltz, 1959, p. 232). And quite frankly, there are few, if any, mechanisms worldwide relevant to staving off a future Yugoslavia, Rwanda, and the like (see Lund, 1996): witness the unfolding of the violent Albanian-Serbian conflict in Kosovo into a possible, wider Balkan war (see, e.g., Nordland and Watson, 1998; Finn, 1999; Dinmore, 1999a, 1999b)!

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Dennis J.D. Sandole is a founding member of the Institute for Conflict Analysis and Resolution (ICAR) and Professor of Conflict Resolution and International Relations at George Mason University. He has been awarded a William C. Foster Fellowship with the U.S. Arms Control and Disarmament Agency (ACDA), a NATO Research Fellowship, and Fulbright Scholarship. Dr. Sandole also served as a member of the U.S. Delegation to the Confidence and Security Building Measures (CSBMs) negotiations in Vienna. His most recent publications include Conflict Management and Problem Solving: Interpersonal to International Applications, (1987) and Conflict Resolution Theory and Practice: Integration and Application, (1993) as well as Capturing the Complexity of Conflict: Dealing with Violent Ethnic Conflicts of the Post-Cold War Era (1999).


aggressive manifest conflict process (AMCP), conflict mapping, conflict resolution, intervention, manifest conflict process (MCP)

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