Science Survives in Breakaway States

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Science  27 Oct 2000:
Vol. 290, Issue 5492, pp. 692-693
DOI: 10.1126/science.290.5492.692

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LJUBLJANA AND ZAGREB-- Slovenia, which escaped unscathed from its 1-week war of independence in 1991, has emerged from the chaos of the Yugoslav breakup with the biggest head start in science. Croatia also has a proud scientific tradition, but it paid a much higher price than Slovenia paid for its freedom: a bloody war for independence that took nearly 4 years to settle. The problems of Croatian researchers pale in comparison to those in neighboring Bosnia-Herzegovina, however.