12 December 2019 - Kurt Bassuener, Valery Perry, Toby Vogel, Bodo Weber
New DPC Policy Note
Series on Rebooting European and Transatlantic Institutions #1
4 December 2019 - Valery Perry
While Belgium is often noted as a model for BiH, context is often missing in terms of key institutions Belgium does have at the state-level
26 November 2019 - Valery Perry and Zoran Ivančić
Following a week that included impeachment hearings in Washington, and a justice sector reform event in Sarajevo, Valery Perry and Zoran Ivančić reflect on the role of whistleblowers in holding public officials to account - in BiH and the U.S.
24 September 2019 - Kurt Bassuener and Toby Vogel
In the latest DPC blog post, Kurt Bassuener and Toby Vogel call on the European Parliament to reject László Trócsányi’s nomination as the next European Commissioner for enlargement. Trócsányi’s hearing, which takes place in Brussels on Tuesday (October 1), should be used to refocus the EU’s attention on the rule of law as a cornerstone of its relations with the countries of Southeastern Europe.
18 September 2019 - Marissa Piccolo
The ongoing Hong Kong Protests are notable for their duration, breadth of civilian participation, and significance for the future China-Hong Kong relationship as well as democratization efforts worldwide. Here are 5 important undercurrents to what is currently taking place.
4 December 2019 — Valery Perry
From 2010 – 2011, Belgium earned a record by having the longest period of time in which a developed country was without an elected government – 589 days - after being unable to form a government following elections held in June 2010. So it should perhaps be no surprise that shortly following an agreement on the appointment of a Prime Minister - following a 13-month deadlock in which the leadership of Bosnia and Herzegovina was unable to being to implement the results of the autumn 2018 general elections – an event was held in Sarajevo on how BiH can learn lessons in good governance from Belgium.
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.
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.
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.
New DPC Policy Note