ERIC Number: ED371965
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1993-May
Reference Count: N/A
The Struggle for Peace in Bosnia: Considering U.S. Options. Choices for the 21st Century. Alternatives for Public Debate and Policy Development.
Brown Univ., Providence, RI. Center for Foreign Policy Development.
The conflict in Bosnia (Yugoslavia) has confronted U.S. leaders with fundamental questions about the use and capability of U.S. power abroad. This document brings the decision facing the United States into the classroom. The unit features a set of four divergent options for U.S. policy toward the Bosnian conflict, and a brief account of Yugoslavia's turbulent history. This unit was developed in response to the immediate crisis in Bosnia. It is meant to serve as the basis for a 1 to 2 day activity. Background reading offers a concise introduction to the events of the 20th century that have contributed to the current crisis in what was once Yugoslavia. The opening section of a report by the United Nations Commission on Human Rights on ethnic cleansing in Bosnia is included as a resource for students to draw upon. Four options for U.S. policy are suggested with variations on each and supporting and opposing arguments for each. The opinions are: (1) use force to stop the genocide; (2) press for a negotiated settlement; (3) contain the conflict to Bosnia; or (4) keep our distance. Initially, students may be best able to work with the options in a role play setting. Small groups can be assigned to act as advocates for an individual option. Following the role play, students should be called on to evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of the options, and voice their own ideas on what U.S. policy should be. (DK)
Descriptors: Citizenship Education, Conflict Resolution, Ethnic Bias, Foreign Countries, Foreign Policy, International Relations, Intervention, Peace, Problem Solving, Role Playing, Secondary Education, Social Studies, War, World Problems
Choices for the 21st Century Education Project, Center for Foreign Policy Development, Box 1948, Brown University, Providence, RI 02912 ($3).
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: Brown Univ., Providence, RI. Center for Foreign Policy Development.
Identifiers - Location: Bosnia and Herzegovina; Yugoslavia