As the international community looks to spend $1.7 billion for humanitarian relief and reconstruction in Iraq, it could benefit from the lessons learned in Bosnia, where billions were poured into rebuilding that country after the end of the 1995 ethnic war. Although the urgency of postwar situations elicits among donors and nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) a strong desire to assist, if the experience in Bosnia is of any indication, much of the assistance going to Iraq could be wasted in...

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