03 May 2019 - Valery Perry
Valery Perry reviews Keefe’s new book Say Nothing on the Troubles in Northern Ireland, reflecting on lessons for the Western Balkans related to conflict resolution, and also individual and group radicalization.
13 April 2019 - Kurt Bassuener and Toby Vogel
Wednesday’s decision by the EU’s national leaders to extend the Brexit deadline to October 31 provides a path for the common mobilization of pro-EU and Remain forces in the UK, as well as a broad popular reconnection to a Europe which needs the UK’s hitherto presumed perennial commitment to liberalism and open societies.
BCS Translation of P/CVE Policy Note now available
07 April 2019 - Valery Perry
We’re delighted to introduce the translation of this policy note, published originally in June 2017, and to make it available to readers who speak Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian throughout the former Yugoslav space.
13 January 2019 - Kurt Bassuener
The untimely death of Lord Paddy Ashdown on December 22, 2018 at age 77 has been felt deeply in Bosnia and Herzegovina, as well as among the country’s friends and allies. It is also deeply personal for several of us at DPC, for he was a friend and ally. His funeral was Wednesday.
DPC initiated an open letter to Western policymakers calling on them to reject ideas of partition of Kosovo, and/or land swaps with Serbia, as proposed by Serbian President Vučić in July.
3 May 2019 — Valery Perry
I recently had the pleasure of binge-reading the book, Say Nothing, Patrick Radden Keefe’s beautifully written and gripping account of the Troubles in Northern Ireland. As a work of narrative non-fiction sourced with 65 pages of citations and notes, he provides a lucid history of the violent conflict, and lingering peaceful conflict, by framing the work around a “true crime” storyline, weaving the disappearance of mother of ten Jean McConville in 1972 to the broader escalation and evolution of the conflict.
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.
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