Creating Sunnistan: Foreign Affairs Calls for Syria and Iraq to be Balkanized
By Steven MacMillan Journal-Neo
On the 29th of November, 2015, Foreign Affairs [the publication of the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR)] published an article titled: Divide and Conquer in Syria and Iraq; Why the West Should Plan for a Partition. It was written by Barak Mendelsohn, an Associate Professor of Political Science at Haverford College and a Senior Fellow at the Foreign Policy Research Institute. In the article, he argues that the “solution” to the current crisis in Syria and Iraq is the creation of an “independent Sunni state” (or Sunnistan), in addition to separating “the warring sides:”
“The only way to elicit indigenous support is by offering the Sunnis greater stakes in the outcome. That means proposing an independent Sunni state that would link Sunni-dominated territories on both sides of the border.
Washington’s attachment to…
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