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  • Conflict Between Ethnic Groups
    681 words
    The security dilemma can be used explain and predict ethnic conflict within a given state. Posen's argument is supported by the belief that the basic tenets of realism provide a clear view of the security dilemma and its relationship with ethnic conflict. I believe the security dilemma in general is largely based in realist theory, and therefore fails to view international relations fairly. I believe that liberalism offers important insight into dealing with conflict that Posen fails to address....
  • Emergence Of Belarus Nationalism
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    The Eastern European country chosen for discussion is Belarus. This paper will first discuss the transition from communism based on the experience of living under communist rule. Second, the significant historical factors from 1920-1991 that led to the fall of communism will be given and traced as to how they affected the process of the transition. Finally, the choices made by Belarus during and after the transition period will be traced back to historical and transitional factors that influence...
  • Racial Group And Ethnic Conflict
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    Ethnicity- the identification of individuals with particular ethnic groups Ethnic groups are usually limited to minorities; groups that are smaller than the dominant group in their society. The composition of an ethnic group, different life-styles or different levels of income or education may distinguish individuals within the same ethnic group from one another. Ethnic groups- groups whose members share cultural traditions and values and a common language, and who distinguish themselves from ot...
  • Inter Ethnic Conflict
    613 words
    The idea that inter-ethnic conflict has exploded since the end of the Cold War is somewhat of a misconception in my opinion. The idea that the number of ethnic conflicts has recently exploded, ushering us into a violent new era of ethnic "pandemonium", is one of those optical illusions that round-the-clock and round-the-world television coverage has helped to create. Ethnic conflicts have consistently formed the vast majority of wars ever since the event of decolonization began to sweep the deve...
  • Ethnic Distinction
    309 words
    To me the most interesting feature of the Rwandan case is that the ethnic distinctions were almost nonexistent before European colonization. Although the Tutsi, Hutu and Twa apparently differed in appearance, they did not emphasize those distinctions within their culture and the only major distinction for them was their place in the social structure. And although each group had a regular place in that structure, no solid boundaries prevented any group from crossing into another. The Europeans em...
  • Democracy And Ethnic Conflict
    1,003 words
    With democracy comes the idea of multi-ethnic societies with freedoms such as civil liberties, expression, speech and equality. This does mean though, that these multi-ethnic societies are a utopia, existing without conflicts and war. Ethnic differences are a major factor for tensions among people of a common land. Kosovo is a recent reminder to this very point. Kinship to the land is not as strong as ethnic differences, even in a democracy. Looking at two points of view from authors Cynthia Enl...
  • Obvious Difference Racism And Ethnic Conflict
    772 words
    Hitler and the Jews, Apartheid in South Africa all conflicts that originated from some sort of racism. Turmoil in Ireland, war in kosovo all ethnic conflicts. Ever since the beginning of time people have been plagued by racism and ethnic conflicts due to minor differences ranging from religion to appearances. When we talk about racism we think of discrimination and prejudice based on race and when we hear ethnic conflict we think of conflict and turmoil within a race. We see that these two words...
  • Potential For Conflicts Between Towns And States
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    After a millennium of conflict and war what chance of a millennium of peace Some ten millennia ago civilization emerged in the Middle East, as the people of that area learned to till the earth and grow crops, thus opening the way to the ownership of land and the accumulation of wealth, and also to population growth and urban settlement. This new way of life created the potential for conflicts between towns and states and, later, between empires. This civilization brought warfare in its train. Wh...

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