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.
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.
6 January 2017
DPC Senior Associate Valery Perry speaks with the Institute for International Studies AGORA about issues related to efforts to counter violent extremism.
28 November 2016
DPC Senior Associate Valery Perry was the keynote speaker at the conference, “Foreign Terrorist Fighters - Challenges for South East Europe” held at the RACVIAC Center for Security Cooperation in Zagreb from November 22-24, 2016.
Valery spoke about issues and efforts related to preventing/countering violent extremism in Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia and Turkey.
14 August 2016
DPC Senior Associate Valery Perry recently prepared a survey for the Regional Cooperation Council (RCC) on efforts in Southeastern Europe to prevent/counter violent extremism.
24 May 2016
Dr. Valery Perry will appear along with three other witnesses at 2pm Eastern Daylight Time on Wednesday, May 25 at the Capitol Visitor Center, Room 212-10.
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.
Article for Heinrich-Boell-Foudation in BiH website