The future of Serbia is in defining its interests – a response
Solutions to the problems facing the region - particularly that of Kosovo's disputed status - require that the international community cease actively supporting one side over the other and instead pursue a more balanced approach.
The future of Serbia is in defining its interests
Instead of focusing on the old habit of 'nationalism' and 'national interest', Serbia needs to define its future position regionally and globally, particularly with respect to EU integration, Kosovo and Bosnia.
A mini crisis in Podgorica tells us much about Montenegrin politics
Recent events, particularly a municipal-level disagreement between the two ruling parties and the resignation of prime minister Đukanović, are indicative of the new elements at play in Montenegrin politics.
Kosovo – kakav nered
Imajući u vidu bujicu loših vesti koje tokom poslednjih nedelja pristižu sa Kosova, jedini put napred je ponovni pokušaj međunarodne zajednice da ostvari političko rešenje, ovoga puta direktno sa Beogradom.
The Western Balkans in 2010 – small improvements, big scandals
Though the prospect of EU candidate status spurred on some very real changes in the region in 2010 - particularly concerning regional co-operation and tackling corruption - several scandals, especially those in Kosovo, threaten to inhibit further progress.
South Serbia – lessons in conflict prevention and recovery
This article focuses on drawing some conclusions from the South Serbia experience that could be applied more generally to area-based development programming in conflict-affected regions.
Kosovo chooses its future course
The outcome of Kosovo's first general elections since declaring independence will be key to determining Pristina’s willingness to engage constructively in forthcoming talks with Serbia.
10. decembar – Dan (bojkota) ljudskih prava
Budućnost će pokazati da li će se naredne generacije u Srbiji ponositi ili sramiti odlukom Vlade Srbije o bojkotovanju svečane dodele Nobelove nagrade za mir 2010. godine.
Bosniak nationalism – the end of exceptionalism?
By ignoring the manipulation of Bosniak identity, particularly by ex-president Haris Silajdzic, the international community has contributed to the destabilization of Bosnia and Herzegovina's current institutional framework.
Serbia's Sandzak at odds with Belgrade
Calls for greater autonomy for Sandzak - particularly by the head of the Islamic Community in Serbia, Mufti Muamer Zukorlic - continue to place Serbia's predominantly Bosniak south-west corner at odds with Belgrade.
New Serbia, new NATO
TransConflict Serbia, in conjunction with the Forum for Ethnic Relations and Klub 21, organized a conference, entitled ‘New Serbia, new NATO – Future Vision for the 21st Century’, on 3rd and 4th December, 2010.
Strengthening the external dimensions of Dayton Bosnia
Learning from the experiences of Northern Ireland - particularly the North/South Ministerial Council - could help Bosnia and Herzegovina move beyond its current reform impasse.
Bosnia – the challenges of constitutional reform
In an exclusive interview for TransConflict, professor Bruce Hitchner, chair of the Dayton Peace Accords Project, discusses the prospects for constitutional reform in Bosnia and Herzegovina following October's elections.
Forwards or backwards? – assessing the EU's enlargement agenda
A selection of key findings from the 2010 progress reports for Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYRoM), Kosovo (under UNSCR 1244/99), Montenegro and Serbia.
EU accession and peacebuilding
Extracts from a report on a recent seminar, entitled ‘EU accession and peacebuilding’, organized by the European Peacebuilding Liaison Office (EPLO), which took place in Belgrade on 28-29th September 2010.
Bosnia – the international community must shape the negotiating table
The persistence of spoilers in Bosnia and Herzegovina means that the international community has a key role to play in shaping the composition of the negotiating table for constitutional reform.
The future of Dayton’s Bosnia – justice must meet peace
Bosnia and Herzegovina must amend its constitution in order to comply with the ruling of European Court of Human Rights, which aims to ensure equal treatment for all.
Serbia – when will the “culture of violence” finally end?
Insufficient steps to tackle the problems that led to the recent violence in Belgrade and Genoa highlights the tangled nexus of organized crime, political opposition to modernization and EU membership, and football hooliganism in Serbia.
Bosnia must "cease being a protectorate"
An interview with Ian Bancroft, the co-founder of TransConflict, on the recent elections in Bosnia and Herzegovina, the role of the international community and the prospects for reform in the face of prevailing ethnic divisions.
Serbia – a decade of missed opportunities?
A decade on from the overthrow of president Slobodan Milošević's regime, Serbia is still struggling to contend with the negative legacies of the nineties.
Bosnia decides that very little changes
Elections in Bosnia and Herzegovina will once again be decided on the basis of divisive nationalist positioning, not future policy and prospects; ensuring that delay, deadlock and deflecting attention from the real issues will continue to characterise politics throughout the country.
Re-linking the Western Balkans – the energy dimension
This policy report analyzes the challenges that the Western Balkan countries face in their efforts to increase energy efficiency, reduce import dependency and expand renewable energy sources, whilst simultaneously aligning their legislation and policies with the EU's acquis communautaire.
Kosovo i Ahtisarijev plan Reduks
Ahtisarijev plan - ili nešto slično tome - će morati biti deo bilo kakvog praktičnog rešenja za sever Kosova, uz mogućnost da međunarodna zajednica preuzme ulogu Prištine u sprovođenju Plana.
Speculation abounds as rumours of Djukanovic’s departure intensify
As speculation intensifies that Montenegro's prime minister, Milo Djukanovic, will retire from politics relatively soon, the plotting and jostling for power within the ruling Democratic Party of Socialists (DPS) has begun in earnest.
Time to end the appeasement of Serbia
Instead of entertaining the idea of territorial exchanges between Serbia and Kosovo, the international community should make mutual co-existence, human rights and anti-racism the basis of its intervention in the region.