The Banality of Ethnic War

  title={The Banality of Ethnic War},
  author={John Mueller},
  journal={International Security},
In this article I assess the violence that took place in the former Yugoslavia and in Rwanda in the 1990s and argue that the whole concept of “ethnic warfare” may be severely misguided. Speciacally, insofar as it is taken to imply a war of all against all and neighbor against neighbor—a condition in which pretty much everyone in one ethnic group becomes the ardent, dedicated, and murderous enemy of everyone in another group—ethnic war essentially does not exist. I argue instead that ethnic… CONTINUE READING
Highlighted Tweets
This paper has been referenced on Twitter 2 times. VIEW TWEETS


Publications referenced by this paper.

Zimbardo , Craig Haney , Curtis Banks , and David Jaffe , “ The Mind Is a Formidable Jailer

  • R. Christopher
  • Browning , Ordinary Men : Reserve Police…
  • 1998

On the murderous rivalries of motorcycle gangs in tranquil Denmark , see Stephen Kinzer , “ Biker Wars in the Land of ’ The Little Mermaid

  • G. Philip
  • Obedience to Authority : An Experimental View
  • 1975

Internal War : Causes and Cures

  • Robert D. Kaplan

Linden , “ Putting on Their Sunday Best : Romania , Hungary , and the Puzzle of Peace

  • H. Robert
  • International Studies Quarterly

The Balkan Quagmire Myth : Taking On the Serbs Would Be More Grenada than Vietnam

  • John Mueller