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January 16, 2008


Brian Ulrich

Many people seem to want to important a Balkan model into Iraq and the Middle East more generally, but this misses a basic difference. Yugoslavia was made by putting together several different ethnic groups, yes, but Iraq was formed through the dismemberment of the Ottoman Empire's Arab provinces in an environment in which many were striving for Arab unity. The narrative of western powers trying to keep the Arab world weak by dividing it remains powerful.

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