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History of the Conflict in the Balkans- The conflict in the Balkans is interesting because for years reporters and politicians have touted it as being the result of ancient ethnic hatred but that isnt the case The people of the region lived together peacefully for centuries and any conflicts that have arose among people were based not on ethnic origin but other things like class ruling party etc In fact any problems that have arose in the former Yugoslavia have more to do with the issues raised by nationalism that developed during World War II and not centuries of three different peoples living together This paper will explore the history of the conflict in the Balkans from the time shortly after Josip Tito passed away until just before the Dayton Accords Additionally it will be shown that at each of the three distinct points of the conflict the international community and the United States had it within their power to stop the violence The three distinct phases are Kosovo secession and Bosnia and at each point the lack of action or overreaction of the international community failed to solve the problem The first phase of Yugoslavian disintegration can be attributed to the conditions of the people living in Kosovo an autonomous province of Yugoslavia In 1981 the socioeconomic conditions in Kosovo were far worse than those in the other republics of Yugoslavia Poverty was rampant and unemployment was around twenty percent as compared to about two percent in Slovenia that same year The standard of living in Kosovo was deplorable and whatever aid that was given to the province by the federal government was mismanaged Samary 65 Another significant problem with this particular province was
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