Reverend Donald Reeves, a peacebuilder with substantial experience in the Balkans, offers five observations on Bosnia and Herzegovina, emphasising that the intervention of ‘experts’ must be on the invitation of the people themselves.
Archive for August, 2012
‘The Window in the Wall’ is a planned feature-length documentary filmabout the extraordinary stories of ordinary people, and their efforts to create windows in the physical and internal walls that divide them in Northern Ireland.
TransConflict is pleased to present a short film, entitled ‘For Liberty’, which silently pays tribute to the hundreds of lives lost in the peaceful uprising against the Saleh regime in Yemen.
The Dayton deal (messy as it was) created conditions for ruling out certain options and managing the remaining options peacefully, thereby enabling other, slower processes to unfold. These, as it happens, probably favour the Bosniacs in the greater scheme of things.
With international interest in the country having dissolved, Bosnia and Herzegovina’s politicians can now start pulling apart the political architecture imposed by the US Government at Dayton, bringing the state ever closer to irretrievable collapse.
In the face of continued stalemate between the Syrian government and the opposition, a useful next step would be to explore the possibility of setting an agenda of issues that could be the basis of negotiations.
A solution for Bosnia and Herzegovina is to be found in the progressive development of an enlightened, conflict-transformative civic culture that recognizes the country’s constituent ethnic identities along the lines of the Dayton Constitution and treats them in a non-discriminatory fashion.
n response to recent articles by Charles Crawford and Dražen Pehar, Jasmin Mujanović calls for a true politics of exchange, of dialogue and the embrace of the ideal of difference as Bosnia and Herzegovina’s penultimate strength, not its fatal flaw.
A Ugandan perspective on the problems faced by Bosnia and Herzegovina, calling for the country’s citizens to build a new relationship amongst themselves; based upon a real understanding of each other’s respective needs, fears and aspirations.
TransConflict is pleased to present additional contributions to the second Peacebuilders’ Panel , which is designed to stimulate debate about peacebuilding and conflict transformation.
The inter-relationship between the international community’s high representative, Alija Izetbegović and the issue of constitutional interpretation helps provide important answers to the question of what is wrong with Bosnia and Herzegovina.