The Marine Corps has built its legacy around the successes of 20th-century combat operations; this heritage, however, also includes lesser known engagements (small wars) that comprise nearly 200 landings in 57 countries from 1800 to 2017.1 These periods of low-intensity conflicts, interrupted by well-known combat operations, have resulted in more than 240 years of relationships forged by Marines with foreign populations. These relationships have been enabled by Marines exposed to geopolitical matters, cultural nuances, and sometimes violent combat, but more enduringly, they have required a refined understanding of the unchanging human dimension.
1. United States Marine Corps,. Small Wars Manual (Washington, D.C.: Skyhorse Publishing, 2009) 18, 41.