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Franco Galdini


The Balkanisation of Syria: Myth or Reality?

[A Syrian man walks by a building destroyed by a regime airstrike in Aleppo, Syria. AP Image/Khalil Hamra.]

In recent weeks, as the number of casualties in the Syrian civil war has been soaring exponentially, so have comparisons of the situation in the country with the wars that ravaged and, ultimately, resulted in the break up of the Yugoslav federation into several smaller and purportedly ethnically more homogeneous states in the 1990s – a process commonly referred to as Balkanisation. Such comparisons vary greatly in degree and are often little articulated: from drawing ...

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Franco Galdini


Franco Galdini is a freelance analyst of Middle Eastern affairs. Until recently, he was the political and media analyst at the UN Commission of Inquiry on Syria.