Accession Number : ADA261664


Title :   Insights Into the Balkan Enigma


Descriptive Note : Essay


Corporate Author : ARMY WAR COLL STRATEGIC STUDIES INST CARLISLE BARRACKS PA


Personal Author(s) : Johnsen, William T


Full Text : https://apps.dtic.mil/dtic/tr/fulltext/u2/a261664.pdf


Report Date : 27 Jan 1993


Pagination or Media Count : 31


Abstract : The author notes the ethnic and religious conflicts that abound in the ongoing civil war in the former Yugoslavia that have riveted international attention on the Balkans. He then provides insights into decision-making processes in this area that will assist policy makers in their examination of the region's varied and complex issues. Because of increasing pressure for the international community to halt the senseless killing and suffering that currently afflict Bosnia-Herzegovina, key questions are identified that must be addressed before any decision is made to commit U.S. military forces to this ongoing conflict. Finally, a brief assessment is offered of potential policy options that might be applied to the current civil war. The author concludes that each potential option is flawed; each has considerable drawbacks, risks, and costs. Despite these flaws, U.S. political leaders may feel compelled to exercise one of these alternatives. It is imperative, therefore, that policy makers understand the limits and potential consequences of such an option.


Descriptors :   *FOREIGN POLICY , *UNITED STATES GOVERNMENT , *RISK , *CONFLICT , *BOSNIA HERZEGOVINA , MILITARY FORCES(UNITED STATES) , INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS , SECTARIAN VIOLENCE , YUGOSLAVIA , RELIGION , DECISION MAKING , LONG RANGE(TIME) , SHORT RANGE(TIME) , ETHNIC GROUPS


Subject Categories : Government and Political Science
      Sociology and Law


Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE