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Balkan Lessons

Only Putin learned them.

Apr 14, 2014, Vol. 19, No. 29 • By STEPHEN SCHWARTZ
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For both those peoples, economic life has been left unreformed, the rehabilitation of education is neglected, politics is corrupt, unemployment is steep, and the brain drain from Bosnia-Herzegovina is among the highest in the world. America and Western Europe failed the Balkan states and disregarded Georgia. Will Ukraine, even if it repels Russian aggression and grows closer to Europe, meet the same fate? If it does, Putin may have his final revenge. 

Stephen Schwartz is a frequent contributor.

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