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.
16 January 2018 - Democratization Policy Council
Last year at this time, as DPC reflected on the turn of the year, we asked ourselves whether in the future, 2016 will be seen in retrospect as the year in which the West decidedly lost faith in liberal democracy and the world order built on its foundations. Looking back at 2017, we can be thankful that the darkest of those predictions have gone unfulfilled…
22 December 2017 - Bodo Weber
As Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) prepares for general elections in October 2018, the European Union is currently experiencing the boomerang effect of its inconsistent policy approach towards the Western Balkan country. A controversial ruling by the Constitutional Court of BiH that annulled several articles of the BiH Election Law could lead to the upcoming elections ending up in the most serious political-institutional, constitutional crisis of postwar BiH.
03 December 2018 - 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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19 January 2018 — Democratization Policy Council
Watching the RS Day commemorations last week was troubling for many reasons. It was yet another snub at the rule of law or the notion that courts and the judiciary have any role at the state level. Dodik’s decision to in effect ban the BiH Armed Forces and highlight the entity police was brilliant, but not new – it was the culmination of years of effort by him to weaken state security while building up his own Praetorian guard.
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.
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.
Article for Heinrich-Boell-Foudation in BiH website