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Anthony Cavallaro GEOG 1700.003 March 15, 2009 Exercise 7: Should the "Bosnia Model” be Adopted for Iraq? The Bosnia Plan is an effective way to stabilize Iraq. Numerous parallels exist between the nations of Iraq and Bosnia. Iraq is unofficially divided based upon the Islamic denomination of the people who occupy these regions. Bosnians are aware of the ethnic fighting that engulfed their country and remain optimistic of the future. They understand that integration, not separation, is the key to their success. Things are not always harmonious. Much like was done in Bosnia to separate Serbs, Croats, and Muslims, the Bosnia Plan suggests that the nation be segregated into four regions, one for each Kurd, Sunni, and Shiite, and one for its capital region of Baghdad. This model favors a looser government and allows each region to secure its own interests, while keeping the central government in place to administer common affairs between
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Unformatted text preview: all regions. This proposal decentralizes the country by providing ethno-religious groups with their own regions, allowing them each to stabilize themselves while avoiding the conflict that currently exists between these different groups. Although this plan is unconventional, it may been a very effective solution to many problems faced during the restructuring and reconstruction of the nation of Iraq. “Ethnic relocation is distasteful and not free from risk but if carried out with care as government policy, it can occur with less trauma than in the Balkans” List of References Beehner, Lionel. "What Model Should Iraq Follow after U.S. Forces Withdraw?" Backgrounder 11 July 2007. Council on Foreign Relations. 12 Mar. 2009 <http://www.cfr.org/publication/13667/what_model_should_iraq_follow_after_us_forces_withdr aw.html#5>....
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