June 22, 2014

The One Area of World Politics Where Europe Excels

Dan Drezner, Washington Post

The Associated Press

The ironic thing is that the one region of the globe that appears to have hit upon a peaceful formula for dealing with this problem is also the region responsible for most of the world’s ill-fitting borders in the first place — Europe. One the one hand, the past two decades have seen violence in former Yugoslavia and Ukraine in an effort to re-draw borders. On the other hand, Czechoslovakia broke up without a shot being fired, Montenegro became independent via a peaceful referendum, and as I type this, the campaign for Scottish independence in the run-up to a September referendum is kicking into high gear. Despite the relative decline of Europe as a model for political integration and economic growth, it’s still in the vanguard for how to peacefully manage an...

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