Democratization Policy Council

"An initiative for accountable democratization policy worldwide"

DPC Associates

Senior Associates

Kurt Bassuener

Kurt Bassuener is co-founder and Senior Associate of the Democratization Policy Council (DPC), under whose aegis he has published numerous policy briefs, papers, and studies. He has worked professionally on Bosnia and wider Balkan policy since 1997 and resided in Sarajevo since 2005. He has also contributed various analyses and opinion pieces to numerous publications.He also co-authored (with Amb. Jeremy Kinsman) the Diplomat’s Handbook for Democracy and Development Support, a project of the Community of Democracies (see As the project’s Research Director, he authored or co-authored Handbook case studies on Belarus, Burma, Chile, China, Egypt, Ukraine and Zimbabwe. His PhD research at the University of St. Andrews beginning in 2016, will focus on the functional dynamics of postwar power-sharing in Bosnia, Macedonia, and Lebanon. He received his MA in European Studies at the Central European University in Prague in 1994 and his BA in International Relations at America University’s School of International Service (1991).

Marina Alagic-Bowder

Born in 1971, Marina studied at Trinity College, Cambridge, and has an MA Cantab. She came to work in Bosnia and Herzegovina during the '90s conflict, and has lived in Sarajevo ever since. She has worked for the international community (IOM, OHR and OSCE, focusing on media, property issues and education), and lectured at Sarajevo University. Currently she works for the Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project. She has translated three books by local authors from Bosnian into English (Through Bosnian Eyes: The Political Memoirs of a Bosnian Serb, Sarajevo 2002; Bosnia the Good: Tolerance and Tradition, Budapest, 2000; The Denial of Bosnia, Pennsylvania, 2000), as well as numerous essays. She also published some journalism with The Observer and the The Guardian, and with Valery Perry has written about local education problems in Education and Internally Displaced Persons (Continuum, May 2012).

Iryna Chupryna

Iryna Chupryna is a Kyiv-based NGO activist with a long track-record of work in policy research, project management, monitoring and evaluation and fundraising. She is a graduate of Kyiv-Mohyla Academy with master’s degree in Cultural Studies. She also holds a master’s degree in European Studies from the European University Viadrina and a master’s degree in International Public Policy from the University College London. Recently she has been working as Project Manager and Grant Coordinator for the influential Ukrainian media NGOs, Internews Ukraine and Telekritika. As a Kyiv-based senior analyst of Democratization Policy Council, she has contributed a Policy Note and a number of blogs on Ukraine’s political events, including the Euromaidan revolution.

Toby Vogel

Toby Vogel is a writer on foreign affairs based in Brussels. In 2007-14, he was a political reporter with the newsweekly European Voice (now defunct), and previously associate editor with Transitions Online ( and a regular contributor to RFE/RL's "Newsline", based in Sarajevo. He has worked with the International Rescue Committee and the United Nations Development Programme in New York, Bosnia-Herzegovina, and Kosovo and holds degrees in philosophy from the University of Zurich and in political science from the New School for Social Research. He is a senior associate of the Democratization Policy Council (Washington, D.C., and Berlin) and in 2003 was a Mellon Foundation fellow in humanitarian action at City University New York.

Bodo Weber

Bodo Weber is a Senior Associate of the Democratization Policy Council concentrating on the Western Balkans, German and European foreign and security policy, transatlantic relations, Ukraine and Turkey. Within the area of Western democratization policy he has specialized on rule of law promotion, police reform and decentralization He also works as a political consultant for political foundations and international organizations in Germany and the Balkans. In the 1990s, he worked as an editor with Perspektiven (Frankfurt/Main), a journal, and served as a board member of the Bosnien-Büro Frankfurt. He has published numerous articles and analytical papers on EU & US Western Balkan policy and frequently appears in regional media. He is the co-author of two Bosnia security studies and author of The crises of the Bosnian-Herzegovinian universities and the perspectives of junior scholars, Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung, Sarajevo 2007. Weber has an MA in political science from the Johann-Wolfgang-Goethe-University in Frankfurt/Main. He lives in Berlin.


Patrick Dick

Patrick is a reporter and writer in Brussels, where he has covered policy debates in the Parliament, Council and among stakeholders since 2013. He began his collaboration with DPC while in Sarajevo in 2012 with a review of the European Commission's annual Progress Reports for Bosnia and Herzegovina (Policy Note No. 1). Since, he has continued his collaboration from Brussels, contributing in 2013 with a second review of the progress reports (No. 5) and an advanced preview (No. 11) in 2015. His Master's thesis, "High Linkage, Low Leverage and the Three Competitive Authoritarian Regimes in Bosnia and Herzegovina: Explaining Regime Durability," was accepted by the University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill in the Spring of 2012.

Armina Mujanović

Armina Mujanović received her undergraduate degree in political science, and is currently working on a Master's degree in International Relations and Diplomacy at the Sarajevo University Faculty of Political Sciences. Prior to joining DPC, she worked as the Field Coordinator with the Public International Law & Policy Group (PILPG) office in Bosnia and Herzegovina, working to engage more communities from throughout BiH in constitutional reform discussions. Armina is also a board member of Humanity in Action in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Chair of Editorial Committee

Therese Coen

Therese Coen, J.D., practiced law in the US and later worked for the National Endowment for Democracy in Washington, D.C. before relocating to Vienna in 1994. She has 20 years professional experience working on rule of law, judicial reform, human rights and civil society issues mainly in the Balkans. Some of the institutions she has worked for are the International Helsinki Federation for Human Rights in Vienna and the OHR, the Human Rights Chamber, the War Crimes Chamber and the High Judicial and Prosecutorial Council in Sarajevo. She has also served as project manager on several internationally-funded projects.


Valery Perry

Valery Perry has joined DPC’s cast of alum as she has begun work at the OSCE Mission to Serbia in Belgrade, where she is coordinating a project on countering violent extremism in Serbia.