Deciphering the balkan Enigma: Using History to Inform Policy
ARMY WAR COLL STRATEGIC STUDIES INST CARLISLE BARRACKS PA
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The author uses historical examination to shed light on the origins and bases of current conflicts in the Balkans. The study first addresses the long history of conflict that has plagued the region and led to violence becoming an accepted agent of change. The author then examines the religious, ethnic, and cultural divisions that undergird the ongoing conflicts in the region. He next explores the evolution of political institutions within the Balkans and how these political developments influence current events. Historical perspective gained is used to conduct a brief assessment of potential policy options for the region. He concludes that, while a number of options are possible, there are no good options--all are flawed and fraught with drawbacks, risks, and costs.
- Government and Political Science
- Humanities and History