Even if we accept that the international community had to act pragmatically in imposing the Dayton Accords and Bosnia-Herzegovina’s constitution, the current criticisms cannot merely focus on local politics and ignore the role of international ‘experts’.
Archive for July, 2012
As part of an on-going debate on constitutional reform in Bosnia-Herzegovina, Charles Crawford explains how the much-criticized Dayton constitution drew directly upon the political traditions and legal forms that existed previously in the former Yugoslavia.
The UN should play the lead role in negotiations between Belgrade and Pristina – or at least serve as a neutral umpire – as the continuing Kosovo status dispute cannot be settled through the one-sided approach so far pushed by the Quint.
In response to Charles Crawford’s article on ‘Bosnia’s irreconcilable principles’, Jasmin Mujanović refutes proposals for some sort of confederation and reasserts the need to strengthen civic democratic participation as a prerequisite for constitutional reform.
TransConflict is pleased to present contributions to the second Peacebuilders’ Panel, which is designed to stimulate debate about peacebuilding and conflict transformation.
A response to Jasmin Mujanović’s recent article, examining the irreconcilable principles that explain the Dayton Peace Accords and which suggest that, for now, some sort of confederation is the best possible outcome for Bosnia and Herzegovina.
Elements of the Irish-English settlement may offer a model for how a Kosovar-Serbia deal might be made, including recognition that the creation of an ethnic state cannot proceed peacefully on the back of forcing an ethnic minority to join.
Insisting that chauvinist oligarchs produce substantive democratic reforms is a fool’s errand and it boggles the mind that this has been the guiding mantra of the international community’s involvement in BiH for nearly two decades. The ordinary people of BiH deserve a chance to have an actual say in the […]
The chance of a meaningful outcome to the next round of political negotiations depends on Serbian and Kosovar protagonists taking responsibility for negotiations away from US, EU and Russian overseers.
The first in a two-part analysis of constitutional change in Bosnia and Herzegovina, criticising the fallacies which have informed the international community’s attempts to “deal” with the country since the early nineties and examining competing conceptions of reform.
Conflict transformation in Kenya is confronted by a number of challenges – including limited dialogue and communication within and between communities, plus a lack of effective models addressing the underlying drivers of conflict.
One of the key drivers of conflict in Kenya is the dimension of community identities – which is itself closely reacted to the issue of land, borders and associated historical grievances – plus a challenging regional environment and political transition.
TransConflict is pleased to present a series of photographs exploring the constant reminders of Mostar’s tragic past, its present difficulties and the challenges that lie ahead in the still divided town.
The challenge facing peacebuilders is not how to eradicate conflict, but how to mitigate, manage and transform it so as to reduce its negative effects on people’s relationships and prospects for development.
Twenty years after the start of the war in the former Yugoslavia, war veterans from across the region continue to face existential challenges on a daily basis, though their respective problems vary from country to country.
The Macedonian side should seek clarification and dismissal of the Greek insistence upon erga omnes – ‘towards all’ – since it is invoked without being related to the context and content of the name issue, and is not grounded in any existing framework.
Thousands of Kosovo Roma are still living as refugees in neighbouring Serbia, Macedonia and Montenegro, where they face the prospect of permanent statelessness, poverty and social exclusion.
TransConflict is pleased to announce the second Peacebuilders’ Panel, which is designed to stimulate debate about peacebuilding and conflict transformation amongst practitioners, academics, students and enthusiasts alike.
TransConflict Serbia and the Serbian Cricket Federation – in conjunction with Cricket for Change and the Center for Tolerance and Integration of Southern Serbia – organized an inaugural Street20 Cricket tournament in the main square in Bujanovac, Serbia.
A new research film by the European CRIC Research Project analyses the transformation of a city’s cultural heritage to find a more united vision for Bosnia and Herzegovina.
Only the US has the leverage to make the Kosovo Albanians come to the table and reach a compromise – one that keeps the north as part of Kosovo, yet not under Pristina – but this will have to be imposed on Pristina.