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November 1999

Comments on "Preventing Deadly Conflict: The Critical Role of Leadership"

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Copyright 1999 American Medical Association. All Rights Reserved. Applicable FARS/DFARS Restrictions Apply to Government Use.1999

Arch Gen Psychiatry. 1999;56(11):980. doi:10.1001/archpsyc.56.11.980

MUTUALLY reinforcing psychological determinants contributes powerfully to the tendency of group conflicts to escalate into deadly confrontations. The ability to wage deadly conflicts depends on the power of the resources available to leaders on each side, and more importantly, on the strength of the will to prevail. To this end, typically groups in conflict are initially led by small leadership cadres committed to the same worldview as the leader. Thus, leaders and followers mutually support each other.

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