balkanize balkanize  /ˈbɔl kə ˌnaɪz/

Definition(s):

  • (v) divide a territory into small, hostile states

Usage(s):

  • But the biggest fear is that vouchers could balkanize cities and states.

News

  • Could Snowden End Up Breaking the World Wide Web?

    Edward Snowden's revelations could make the World Wide Web a much smaller place. Efforts by 15 countries and the European Union to restrict the flow of data internationally could Balkanize chunks of the Internet, stifle innovation and make online communications less secure, according to new research.
    on March 12, 2014     Source: Bloomberg via Yahoo! Finance

Quotes

  1. "We also wanted to unearth any conspiracy to balkanize Pakistan and let the world know how a democratic leader heroically laid down her life. We have carried out our own investigations and the findings will be made available to the UN...
    on Jul 16, 2009 By: Asif Ali Zardari Source: AFP

  2. But Campbell added that the provinces have to work together and not against each other "That's why it is so important for us to think of ourselves as a single country now - we can't afford to balkanize Canada anymore."
    on Oct 20, 2008 By: Gordon Campbell Source: Canada.com

  3. Edwards said he opposed regional plans "because they tend to Balkanize the state."
    on Jun 23, 2008 By: John Edwards Source: Roanoke Times

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