03 December - Armina Mujanović
In light of the ICTY’s recent judgments in the cases of Ratko Mladić and Jadranko Prlić et al., Bosnia and Herzegovina seems to have plummeted into a sea of extreme nationalism. DPC Associate Armina Mujanović shares her opinion on what it all means for ordinary citizens.
Bosnian Serb military commander Ratko Mladić was convicted on November 22 on 10 of the 11 counts he was charged with, in four joint criminal enterprises. Yet as the verdict finally delivers some measure of justice for victims of the war in BiH, the country and entire region remain subject to the agendas of the 1990s. DPC co-founder and senior associate Kurt Bassuener offers his reflections.
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15 November 2017 - Bodo Weber OpEd
The opening of a new phase in the Kosovo-Serbia dialogue was direly needed to avoid its failure. Confusion in Prishtina and Belgrade about the aim of this new phase reflects the temporary absence of a key actor – Germany, argues DPC Senior Associate Bodo Weber in his latest Op-Ed for Prishtina Insight.
03 November - Kurt Bassuener, Andreja Stojkovski, and Ljupcho Petkovski
Having crushed his political opponents at the local level, Macedonian Prime Minister Zoran Zaev now must demonstrate his vision of “one society” – and develop a strategy to achieve it. DPC co-founder and senior associate, Kurt Bassuener, writes with his Eurothink hosts Andreja Stojkovski and Ljupcho Petkovski on the dynamics as they present themselves in the aftermath of the second round of municipal elections on October 29th.
28 October - Kurt Bassuener
US Deputy Assistant Secretary of State Hoyt Yee told Serbians what they didn’t want to hear: that their straddle of the West and Russia is not tenable. DPC co-founder Kurt Bassuener argues that the EU and its member states ought to be sending the same message. Both Belgrade and the EU need to choose.
3 December 2017 — Armina Mujanović
As I’m getting ready to leave Sarajevo for a conference to speak on the challenges of violent extremism in the Western Balkans and about my experiences in Bosnia and Herzegovina, I can’t help but wonder if “violent” is the type of extremism I want and need to talk about. The last week has been like a whirlwind in the region, starting with the ICTY verdict sentencing Ratko Mladić to life imprisonment on November 22, and ending with the public and broadcasted suicide of Slobodan Praljak on November 29, moments after the judges delivered their decision confirming his conviction for war crimes.
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.
10 April 2017
Today, the Friedrich-Ebert-Foundation’s office in BiH published the paper ‘The new labor legislation in BiH, EU reforms and the International Financial Institutions: overdue structural reforms or neoliberal reduction of labor rights?‘ authored by DPC Senior Associate Bodo Weber. The paper offers the first detailed analysis of the new, controversial entity labor laws adopted in 2015 as part of the Reform Agenda for BiH.
27 March 2017
DPC Senior Associate Bodo Weber participated, together with The Atlantic‘s Moscow correspondent Jeffrey Tayler, in the online debate ‘NATO Enlargement and the Case for Montenegro’ organized by DEBATES.EU. Weber and Tayler discussed Montenegro’s bid for NATO membership during which the debate broadened to cover the tense relationship among NATO, the West and Russia.
24 March 2017
DPC Senior Associate Valery Perry delivered a presentation entitled, “Efforts to Prevent and Counter Violent Extremism in South-East Europe” at the NATO Parliamentary Assembly 94th Rose-Roth Seminar, Mediterranean and Middle East Special Group, held in Sarajevo from March 21-23, 2017.