What Causes Civil Wars?

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    Is Iraq Turning into Yugoslavia?
    By Max Boot, The Los Angeles Times
    February 21, 2007

    The likely effect of such a bloodletting is spelled out in a recent report, "Things Fall Apart," by Brookings Institution fellows Daniel Byman and Kenneth Pollack. They examined recent civil wars not only in Yugoslavia but in Afghanistan, Congo, Lebanon, Chechnya, Nagorno-Karabakh, Somalia and Tajikistan. "We found," they write, "that 'spillover' is common in massive civil wars" and "that while its intensity can vary considerably, at its worst it can have truly catastrophic effects."

    They cite six such effects, beyond the obvious humanitarian nightmare:

    for full article:
    http://www.latimes.com/news/printed...ot21feb21,1,2780392.column?ctrack=1&cset=true
     

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