27 March 2017 — Bodo Weber
DPC’s delivers the first comprehensive analysis of the German-British initiative launched in November 2014, and adopted as the new EU initiative for Bosnia and Herzegovina. Focused on structural socio-economic reforms, with the outsourcing of strict financial conditionality to the IMF, the initiative has the potential to uproot the country’s patronage system. But its implementation suffers from the EU’s frequent handicaps risking yet another failure.
17 March 2017 — Kurt Bassuener
DPC Senior Associate Kurt Bassuener had a letter published in the Financial Times on the EU’s policy posture in the Balkans, following High Representative Federica Mogherini’s regional tour.
7 March 2017 — Bodo Weber
Last week, Federica Mogherini, The European Union’s foreign and security policy chief, hit the road for her first trip to the entirety of the so-called “Western Balkans Six” to assure them that their membership perspective was still alive. Yet Mogherini’s trip got off to a bumpy start in the Montenegrin capital of Podgorica. In her speech to parliamentarians, she addressed a half-empty room. However, it was Mogherini’s own comments that called into question the EU’s approach to the region as well as the sincerity of the Union’s commitment to the Western Balkans’ European perspective.
5 February 2017 — Valery Perry and Brian Lanahan
DPC Senior Associate Valery Perry and civic education expert Brian Lanahan consider the need for civic education in this time of global challenges to the democratic process, in general and in particular in Bosnia and Herzegovina.
6 January 2017 — Democratization Policy Council
In the future, will 2016 be seen as the year in which the democratic world lost faith in its own institutions and processes? From the vantage point of January 2017, a strong case can be made that this is precisely what this past year demonstrated in the heartland of postwar democracy. In light of the developments over the past 12 months, DPC has been reflecting on its own role in promoting accountability in democratization policy worldwide…
7 March 2017 — Bodo Weber
Last week, Federica Mogherini, the European Union’s foreign and security policy chief, hit the road for her first trip to the entirety of the so-called “Western Balkans Six,” the region’s countries not yet part of the Union, to assure them that their membership perspective was still alive. This was a noble undertaking, given the crucial elections in the Netherlands, France and Germany scheduled to take place this year that could rock the European Union and send it spiraling into a deep internal crisis.
29 April 2016
DPC Senior Associate Kurt Bassuener participated in the Center for the Study of Islam and Democracy’s 17th annual conference, entitled “Democratization, Authoritarianism, and Radicalization - Exploring the Connections”, held in Washington, D.C. on April 21st.
21 April 2016
DPC Senior Associate Valery Perry, together with Soeren Keil of Canterbury Christ Church University, co-chaired two panels at the annual conference of the Association for the Study of Nationalities on the topic of “The Business of State Capture in the Western Balkans”, April 14-16, 2016.
13 February 2016
Valery Perry responds to an article on an increase in Arab investment in and around Sarajevo, noting the lack of transparency and accountability in recent foreign investments.
20 October 2015
DPC Policy Note New Series #11 By Patrick Dick
19 October 2015
In his interview in Tanjug, DPC Senior Associate and co-founder Toby Vogel states that early elections could strengthen Prime Minister Aleksandar Vučić’s mandate for the painful reforms required to accelerate the path to EU membership. He cautions these include not only considerable economic restructuring, but also development of normalized relations with Kosovo.
1 October 2015
DPC Senior Associate Valery Perry participated in the PfP Consortium of Defense Academies and Security Studies Institutes’ conference on Violent Extremism in the Western Balkans, hosted by the Belgrade Centre for Security Policy on September 28-29.
8 July 2015
On Monday, July 6, 2015 the Belgrade daily Danas published a long interview with Senior Associate Bodo Weber. Weber commented on the upcoming trip by German Chancellor Angela Merkel to Albania, Serbia and Bosnia-Herzegovina and various regional political challenges.
6 November 2014
International officials have been calling for BiH political parties to rapidly form governments and commit to reforms. Kurt Bassuener questions this approach in a November 4 article published by Balkan Insight.