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Kurt Bassuener Remembers Paddy Ashdown

13 January 2019 — Kurt Bassuener

The untimely death of Lord Paddy Ashdown on December 22, 2018 at age 77 has been felt deeply in Bosnia and Herzegovina, as well as among the country’s friends and allies. It is also deeply personal for several of us at DPC, for he was a friend and ally. His funeral was Wednesday. As leader of the Liberal Democrats in the British Parliament, his clear and authoritative calls for international intervention during the war in Bosnia came at a time when the British government policy effectively aided in the efforts of the country’s enemies to dismember and destroy it.


21st Annual ASN World Convention

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.

Letter to the Editor in The Economist

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.

DPC Advance Preview of the 2015 EC Progress Report for Bosnia and Herzegovina

20 October 2015

DPC Policy Note New Series #11 By Patrick Dick

Senior Associate Toby Vogel interview in Tanjug on Serbia's early parliamentary elections

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.

Events, Violent Extremism in the Western Balkans

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.

DPC Senior Associate Bodo Weber interview in daily Danas on upcoming Merkel visit

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.

DPC co-founder Kurt Bassuener asks 'why the international rush on government formation?'

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.

DPC Associate Valery Perry's letter published by New York Times

17 October 2014

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