European Community Peace-keeping in the Yugoslavian Civil War
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The world has grown increasingly compact in the modern era. The demand for a nation to participate in international relations has become more apparent and has even resulted in the conglomeration and unification of certain regions. Although these unified areas have some structures and bases on which they formulate their decisions and actions, any new situation is likely to cause disruption, confusion and even disagreement among the units with respect to how it should be handled. The European Community is still in its beginning phase of operation with respect to activities outside the purely economic realm. New changes in Eastern Europe will necessitate the adoption of a common policy for dealing with emerging countries and the remnants of the previously existing ones. With the outbreak of the Yugoslavian Civil War, the EC had to begin to attempt to define a policy acceptable to all members as well as one that would help alleviate the situation. In developing this type of common foreign policy, the EC had to not only examine its facilities internally, as well as each member's position on the issue, but also the Civil War and its objectives in its own right. The attempts at formulating a common foreign policy towards the Yugoslavian Civil War has been restricted and slowed by the internal facilities of the EC as well as the internal problems inherent in Yugoslavia and its individual provinces. As the War continues and expands, the outlook for the country of Yugoslavia as a unified nation grows much more bleak. On the other hand, the more time the EC has to consider the options and formulate acceptable policies to all members, the outlook for a common foreign policy for the EC as a whole has greatly increased.