Democratization Policy Council

"An initiative for accountable democratization policy worldwide"

Activities

Recent activities

DPC Participation in 94th Rose-Roth Seminar

23 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. Over 170 participants, including 84 members of parliament from 36 NATO member states and partner countries, participated in the event. Perry’s presentation was a part of a panel examining terrorism threats in the region and opportunities for more effective preventive measures. The NATO PA Mediterranean and Middle East Special Group (GSM) provides a forum for parliamentarians from NATO countries and the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region to discuss political and security issues in order to enhance co-operation.

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DPC at 'Dayton Peace Accords at 20' in Ohio

18 November 2015

Organized by the University of Dayton and the City of Dayton, the “Dayton Peace Accords at 20” conference had both a retrospective element, delivered by many who participated in the 1995 talks, and a focus on the present and future of Bosnia and Herzegovina. Former President Bill Clinton was a keynote speaker on November 19. DPC Senior Associates Bodo Weber and Valery Perry moderated panels – “What is the US Role in Bosnia and Herzegovina Today, and How Can the US be More Effective?” and “Bosnia and Herzegovina’s Political, Social and Economic Future: Prediction for the Dayton Peace Accords’ 30th Anniversary,” respectively.

DPC Senior Associate Kurt Bassuener was the final speaker on the conference’s last panel, “What is the Way Forward for Bosnia and Herzegovina’s Integration into Euro-Atlantic Structures?” Find his speaking notes here.

In addition, Senior Associate Kurt Bassuener addressed the Dayton Rotary Club on December 16 – his speaking notes are linked here.

Senior Associate Valery Perry also took the occasion to conduct interviews for her film project “Looking for Dayton”, with two colleagues, Pavle Fukarek and Erol Gagula speaking on the citizens’ perspective of post-Dayton Bosnia in a panel moderated by Senada Šelo-Šabić.

To watch the full video recording of Day 1 of the conference, click here, in order to watch Day 2, click here.

DPC Associate Bodo Weber keynote speaker at Copenhagen Dayton conference

13 November 2015

DPC Senior Associate Bodo Weber was invited to deliver the keynote at “War in a Europe of Peace - Conference on the occasion of 20 years of the Dayton agreement,” that took place in Copenhagen on November 13, 2015. The conference was organized by two Danish foreign policy magazines, Magasinet rÆST and Magasinet EUROPA, in cooperation with BalkanGruppen, EUtropolis, SILBA and EUROPA neavnet. It took place at Copenhagen University and included, among others, Danish historian Christian Axboe Nielsen, Danish Bosnian writer Alen Mešković, former Danish Interior Minister Birte Weiss, EU Delegation to BIH Political Advisor Ole Hammer, former Executive Director of the European Policy Center (EPC) Hans Martens, and former ICTY judge Frederik Harhoff as panelists. In his keynote speech, Bodo Weber explained the causes and consequences of the West’s failed transition from a postwar interventionist policy approach employing the Dayton instruments, declaring that the EU’s Bosnia initiative is a continuation of the lack of political will that led to this failure.

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