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Fractured States and U.S. Foreign Policy: Iraq, Ethiopia, and Bosnia in the 1990s Hardcover – November 8, 2003

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"Very few secessionist movements in the last half-century have succeeded

in establishing their own internationally recognized states. In part, this is

because the international community, and leading states in particular, have

been reluctant to convey their material support or political recognition to

such efforts. Farkas' book takes the reader inside the political decision

making process of one key actor, the United States. In doing so, she confirms

that some concerns are as important as expected (e.g., regional security), but

also critically that other factors thought to be significant in US foreign

policy making (e.g., interest groups) were peripheral at best in US decisions

to support or withold support from partition proposals."

- Paul F. Diehl, Professor of Political Science, University of Illinois

This timely study constitutes an outstanding contribution to the literature on ethnic conflict and contemporary U.S. foreign policy. Based on meticulous research, first-hand work in Bosnia in 1996, and focused on the ethno-religious wars that swept across Bosnia in the 1990s, as well as the 1991 conflicts in Iraq and Ethiopia, this volume provides a truly unique analysis and resource for understanding how and why states are partitioned." - Robert L. Pfaltzgraff, Jr. President, Institute for Foreign Policy Analysis, and Shelby Cullom Davis Professor of International Security Studies The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University

"Evelyn Farkas has identified an important new development in the world: the growth in fractured states. It is in such places that major crises inevitably occur that draw outside powers into almost insoluble problems. Darfur is a current, tragic example. Studying Iraq, Ethiopia, and Bosnia, Farkas shows how American policy was forged, and the effect it had on the outcome. This book describes vividly issues that are sure to rise again in other Iraqs, other Bosnias, and draws important conclusions." - Richard Holbrooke, Former US Ambassador to the United Nations

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"Very few secessionist movements in the last half-century have succeeded in establishing their own internationally recognized states. In part, this is because the international community, and leading states in particular, have been reluctant to convey their material support or political recognition to such efforts. Farkas' book takes the reader inside the political decision making process of one key actor, the United States. In doing so, she confirms that some concerns are as important as expected (e.g., regional security), but also critically that other factors thought to be significant in US foreign policy making (e.g., interest groups) were peripheral at best in US decisions to support or withold support from partition proposals." -- Paul F. Diehl, Professor of Political Science, University of Illinois
This timely study constitutes an outstanding contribution to the literature on ethnic conflict and contemporary U.S. foreign policy. Based on meticulous research, first-hand work in Bosnia in 1996, and focused on the ethno-religious wars that swept across Bosnia in the 1990s, as well as the 1991 conflicts in Iraq and Ethiopia, this volume provides a truly unique analysis and resource for understanding how and why states are partitioned. -- Robert L. Pfaltzgraff, Jr., President, Institute for Foreign Policy Analysis, and Shelby Cullom Davis Professor of International Security Studies The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 177 pages
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan; 2003 edition (November 8, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1403963738
  • ISBN-13: 978-1403963734
  • Product Dimensions: 5.6 x 0.8 x 8.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,069,679 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Jamie F. Metzl on October 27, 2004
Format: Hardcover
Evelyn Farkas has written a brilliant book about how we should think about separatist movements in decided countries, and what the United States can do to prevent the type of secessionist wars that have destroyed societies and ruined millions of lives around the world. This book is a must read for policy makers who will be dealing with divided states, and for anyone interested in thinking deeply about what can be done to prevent the disasters that have occurred in places like Bosnia and Ethiopia. I could not recommend this book more highly.
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By A Customer on February 27, 2004
Format: Hardcover
As an avid student of history and politics, I really enjoyed reading this author's analysis of US policy and learning about ethnic conflict and how it affects individuals and families.
I now have a deeper understanding of the issues that the US is faced with around the world including the current situation in Iraq.
What makes this book truly special is the author's ability to incorporate a first hand account of many events. Clearly this author can talk the talk and walk the walk.
I strongly encourage anyone interested in a deeper understanding of the US Governments policy making engine and/or ethnic conflict and how it effects those caught in the crossfire to purchase this book.
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Many countries look incompetent and bumbling in the longer term.
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