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Burying the Lede: The Priebe Report's Surprisingly Clear Recommendation

20 December 2019 — Senada Šelo Šabić, Valery Perry and Kurt Bassuener

The long-awaited “Experts’ Report on Rule of Law issues in Bosnia and Herzegovina” – in short, the so-called Priebe Report on BiH – dropped on December 5. In light of continued human suffering in Syria; impeachment news from the US; the ongoing self-inflicted wound of Brexit politics; migrants freezing in Bihac and being relocated to Sarajevo’s outskirts; and the not-unexpected yet still disgraceful breakdown of civic (and civil) politics in Sarajevo canton, it was easy to miss.


Putting Extremisms in Context: Book Presentations and Discussions in Washington, DC

6 May 2019

DPC Senior Associate Valery Perry participated in a discussion on her recent book Extremism and Violent Extremism in Serbia: 21st Century Manifestations of an Historical Challenge, at the School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) at Johns Hopkins University in Washington DC on May 6.

Pushing on an Open Door: Foreign Authoritarian Influence in the Western Balkans

3 May 2019

DPC Senior Associate Kurt Bassuener looks at the influence of illiberal external powers – such as Russia, Turkey, China, and the Gulf states – in the Western Balkans, as well as the Western policies that enabled their gaining traction, in this National Endowment for Democracy-International Forum for Democratic Studies Working Paper, published on May 3, 2019.

RS Police buy arms, Russians come to train them; Kurt Bassuener comments for The Guardian

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.

Kurt Bassuener comments on Freedom House's Freedom in the World 2018, House of Lords International Relations Committee Report on 'The UK and the Future of the Western Balkans'

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).

Kurt Bassuener VOA interview - The US and the EU need to ally with BiH citizens, not their politicians

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.

Restoring Deterrence to catalyze change: Kurt Bassuener VOA interview

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.

Kurt Bassuener participates at Atlantic Council in Washington, DC

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.

From Discrimination to Inclusion and Equality in Education in BiH

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.