09 March 2018 - Armina Mujanović
Having legal double standards - especially when it comes to discrimination and basic human rights – is usually considered to be a problem, especially in countries that purport to have a vision of future EU membership. Yet President Dodik seems to have found a way to comfortably work around the standards on both sides of the Drina river.
04 March 2018 - Kurt Bassuener
After watching “The Post,” Senior Associate Kurt Bassuener reflects on the perennial political and bureaucratic tendency to stick with a failed policy to avoid admitting failure.
01 March 2018 - Democratization Policy Council
European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker and Enlargement Negotiation Commissioner Johannes Hahn are presently on their Balkan tour, visiting all “WB6” countries to discuss the EC’s new regional strategy, culminating in a gathering in Sofia, Bulgaria. More interesting than what has been said is what has not-neither publicly raised recent statements by Serbian President Aleksandar Vučić to the Croatia press about the potential for war in Bosnia and Herzegovina and his “counting on” Croatia’s support. DPC’s latest blog discusses this latest demonstration of the EU’s unwillingness to confront Balkan leaders.
28 February 2018 - Kurt Bassuener
On February 16, the New York Times published a profile piece by Barbara Surk on the Republika Srpska’s President, Milorad Dodik. Entitled “Milorad Dodik Wants to Carve Up Bosnia. Peacefully, if Possible.” It provided a useful profile of the man – but sidestepped the potential for major violence foreshadowed in the title. This was a disservice to Times readers attempting to understand the risk – and how it might be possible to reduce it.
19 January 2018 - Democratization Policy Council
DPC considers the mute public reaction of international actors to the recent armed show of force in Banja Luka, and why this show of extremism is not considered to be a threat.
9 March 2018 — Armina Mujanović
On Sunday, Republika Srpska President Milorad Dodik voted in the Serbian local elections for the Belgrade city council, and since then, one simple question has been bugging me: What does a Bosnian Serb from Laktaši and a Bosnian Serb from Drvar have in common? Well, not a lot. A Bosnian Serb from Laktaši can exercise his citizens’ rights in the entity of the Republika Srpska and its municipalities, in Bosnia and Herzegovina and Serbia, while the Bosnian Serb in Drvar isn’t even constituent in his own canton and can’t hope to meaningfully participate in any decision making processes.
13 February 2018
Republika Srpska will soon take delivery of some 2,500 automatic rifles to equip its police forces, ostensibly for counterterrorist purposes, just prior to opening a new training center in Zalužani, outside Banja Luka.
17 January 2018
In his VOA interview, Kurt Bassuener connects the negative cast of the 2018 Freedom in the World report with the tone set in the White House, terming US President Donald Trump “our first Balkan president,” noting the leadership style and methods employed are reminiscent of those used in the Balkans (and beyond).
14 December 2017
In a VOA interview recorded on 2 December, Senior Associate Kurt Bassuener advocated – as he and DPC have consistently – that the US and the EU approach BiH citizens as a constituency, and that they create a more secure and conducive environment to enable BiH citizens to nonviolently confront their recalcitrant and corrupt political elites.
30 November 2017
Senior Associate Kurt Bassuener was interviewed by VOA Bosnian Service journalist Inda Swanke for the daily “Studio Washington” program on the overall tenor of the Atlantic Council conference and attendant discussions, in which he actively participated.
29 November 2017
DPC Senior Associate Kurt Bassuener was a vocal participant in the Atlantic Council’s November 29 conference “A Coming Storm? Shaping a Balkan Future in an Era of Uncertainty,” as well as the closed-door workshop the previous day.
30 May 2017
Valery Perry spoke at the conference, “From Discrimination to Inclusion and Equality in Education in BiH,” held on May 30, 2017 in Sarajevo. The conference, convened by Analitika, reviewed issues and challenges related to inclusion in education in the country, ranging from special needs education to the ethno-national and political divisions that continue to create an environment in which children largely study in schools that tailor to the dominant majority group in that area.
29 May 2017
Senior Associate Valery Perry spoke to a group of participants in the Humanity in Action (HIA) “Breaking Boundaries” study trip in Bosnia and Herzegovina, being held from May 26 - June 25. Fifteen HIA fellows from seven countries are taking part in the program this year. Perry’s lecture was titled, “Navigating the Post-Dayton Conundrums.”
11 April 2017
DPC’s new policy paper ‘Substantial Change on the Horizon? A Monitoring Report on the EU’s New Bosnia and Herzegovina Initiative,’ authored by Senior Associate Bodo Weber, with Senior Associate Valery Perry contributing, and supported by the Heinrich-Boell-Foundation in BiH, received wide media coverage in BiH, throughout the region and beyond.
Contribution to Carnegie Europe’s Question of the Week