Archive for category: Balkans

Time for a national dialogue in Bosnia and Herzegovina

Time for a national dialogue in Bosnia and Herzegovina

It is time for a national dialogue in Bosnia and Herzegovina; one that follows the pattern pioneered in Tunisia, which brought together civil society, business groups and media as well as political parties, and helped an inclusive Government emerge.

The dynamics of European Enlargement – the Western Balkans case

The dynamics of European Enlargement – the Western Balkans case

The dual question of statehood and state capacity is a specific feature of South East Europe and encourages the search for a modified, adapted approach to enlargement. The argument that border and minority issues in the applicant states are interdependent strengthens the case for a concerted regional approach to enlargement. 

Ethnic cleansing and war crimes, 1991-1995 – part fourteen

Ethnic cleansing and war crimes, 1991-1995 – part fourteen

TransConflict is pleased to present part fourteen of a chapter of “Confronting the Yugoslav controversies – a scholars’ initiative”, entitled “Ethnic cleansing and war crimes, 1991-1995″, which “aims at describing causes, features, and consequences of ethnic cleansing as a policy in Bosnia-Hercegovina during the war.”

Serbia – back to the future

Serbia – back to the future

One irony of Vladimir Putin’s visit to Belgrade is that it coincides with increasing talk of regional reconciliation in the Balkans. Yet the problem with reconciliation is that, as a concept, it is so slippery. Like any process aimed at transforming conflict, reconciliation works in a shadow land of nuance […]

Elections as a form of discrimination against Croats in Bosnia-Herzegovina

Elections as a form of discrimination against Croats in Bosnia-Herzegovina

Croats have long been discriminated against not only at the level of the Bosnia-Herzegovina Presidency, but also in the Federation of Bosnia-Herzegovina, where parties with predominant Croat electoral support have not entered government.

Ethnic cleansing and war crimes, 1991-1995 – part thirteen

Ethnic cleansing and war crimes, 1991-1995 – part thirteen

TransConflict is pleased to present part thirteen of a chapter of “Confronting the Yugoslav controversies – a scholars’ initiative”, entitled “Ethnic cleansing and war crimes, 1991-1995″, which “aims at describing causes, features, and consequences of ethnic cleansing as a policy in Bosnia-Hercegovina during the war.”

Empowering female entrepreneurs in Serbia and Kosovo

Empowering female entrepreneurs in Serbia and Kosovo

TransConflict Serbia and Democracy for Development (D4D) from Kosovo – with the support of the British Embassies in Belgrade and Pristina, respectively – organized a conference in Pristina entitled the ‘Empowering female entrepreneurs in the promotion of business opportunities between Serbia and Kosovo’, as part of an on-going project, ‘Creating a New Generation of […]

Four reflections on the High Representative in Bosnia and Herzegovina – part two

Four reflections on the High Representative in Bosnia and Herzegovina – part two

Part two of a paper exploring how the Bonn-powered High Representative in Bosnia-Herzegovina is based on four fictions – of self-constitution or self-grounding; the principled non-opposability to HR’s decisions; the immediately executive character of his decrees; and his a priori interpretive superiority.

Four reflections on the High Representative in Bosnia and Herzegovina

Four reflections on the High Representative in Bosnia and Herzegovina

The Bonn-powered High Representative in Bosnia-Herzegovina is based on four fictions – of self-constitution or self-grounding; the principled non-opposability to HR’s decisions; the immediately executive character of his decrees; and his a priori interpretive superiority.

Ethnic cleansing and war crimes, 1991-1995 – part twelve

Ethnic cleansing and war crimes, 1991-1995 – part twelve

TransConflict is pleased to present part twelve of a chapter of “Confronting the Yugoslav controversies – a scholars’ initiative”, entitled “Ethnic cleansing and war crimes, 1991-1995″, which “aims at describing causes, features, and consequences of ethnic cleansing as a policy in Bosnia-Hercegovina during the war.”

Ethnic cleansing and war crimes, 1991-1995 – part eleven

Ethnic cleansing and war crimes, 1991-1995 – part eleven

TransConflict is pleased to present part eleven of a chapter of “Confronting the Yugoslav controversies – a scholars’ initiative”, entitled “Ethnic cleansing and war crimes, 1991-1995″, which “aims at describing causes, features, and consequences of ethnic cleansing as a policy in Bosnia-Hercegovina during the war.”

Ethnic cleansing and war crimes, 1991-1995 – part ten

Ethnic cleansing and war crimes, 1991-1995 – part ten

TransConflict is pleased to present part ten of a chapter of “Confronting the Yugoslav controversies – a scholars’ initiative”, entitled “Ethnic cleansing and war crimes, 1991-1995″, which “aims at describing causes, features, and consequences of ethnic cleansing as a policy in Bosnia-Hercegovina during the war.”

Palestinian flags in Derry and Sarajevo – solidarity through representation

Palestinian flags in Derry and Sarajevo – solidarity through representation

Victimhood is a powerful motivator of acts of solidarity. It is, therefore, more important than ever to understand and explain the role of symbols and slogans as political motivators in divided societies. Conflict transformation practitioners should not be scared of symbols, but rather of their interpretations. 

Bosnia-Herzegovina – positive effects of the idea of ethnic electoral units

Bosnia-Herzegovina – positive effects of the idea of ethnic electoral units

TransConflict is pleased to present the third and final part of a paper analysing ethnic electoral units in Bosnia and Herzegovina, produced by the Institute for Social and Political Research (IDPI), a member of the Global Coalition for Conflict Transformation. 

Bosnia-Herzegovina – the ‘Komšić’ problem and constitutional logic of ethnic electoral units

Bosnia-Herzegovina – the ‘Komšić’ problem and constitutional logic of ethnic electoral units

TransConflict is pleased to present the second-part of a three-part paper analysing ethnic electoral units in Bosnia and Herzegovina, produced by the Institute for Social and Political Research, a member of the Global Coalition for Conflict Transformation. 

Democracy, democratic representation and constitutional logic of ethnic electoral units in Bosnia-Herzegovina

Democracy, democratic representation and constitutional logic of ethnic electoral units in Bosnia-Herzegovina

TransConflict is pleased to present the first part of a three part paper analysing the ethnic electoral units in Bosnia and Herzegovina, produced by the Institute for Social and Political Research (IDPI), a member of the Global Coalition for Conflict Transformation. 

Ethnic cleansing and war crimes, 1991-1995 – part nine

Ethnic cleansing and war crimes, 1991-1995 – part nine

TransConflict is pleased to present part nine of a chapter of “Confronting the Yugoslav controversies – a scholars’ initiative”, entitled “Ethnic cleansing and war crimes, 1991-1995″, which “aims at describing causes, features, and consequences of ethnic cleansing as a policy in Bosnia-Hercegovina during the war.”

Ethnic cleansing and war crimes, 1991-1995 – part eight

Ethnic cleansing and war crimes, 1991-1995 – part eight

TransConflict is pleased to present part eight of a chapter of “Confronting the Yugoslav controversies – a scholars’ initiative”, entitled “Ethnic cleansing and war crimes, 1991-1995″, which “aims at describing causes, features, and consequences of ethnic cleansing as a policy in Bosnia-Hercegovina during the war.”

Kosovo, Ukraine, Syria and Iraq

Kosovo, Ukraine, Syria and Iraq

The struggles by ethnic and religious groups left behind by empire cannot be resolved by outsiders. These competing groups need to find their own way – even fight their own way – to arrive at boundaries and arrangements they can live with. Any foreign intervention risks alienating one side or […]

Macedonia on the brink

Macedonia on the brink

Authoritarian tendencies, ethnonationalist state-building and segregation of the two largest communities make for a combustible mix. Even if the protests have died down, Macedonia is probably the only country of the former Yugoslavia where ethnic violence remains a real risk.

The Centre for Research, Documentation and Publication from Kosovo

The Centre for Research, Documentation and Publication from Kosovo

TransConflict is pleased to present the profile of the Centre for Research, Documentation and Publication from Kosovo, a member of the Global Coalition for Conflict Transformation.

The SITF report speaks less of Kosovo than of the international community

The SITF report speaks less of Kosovo than of the international community

What is most interesting about the report unveiled on Tuesday by the special investigative task force (SITF) is not what it says about the KLA, but what it implies about the post-conflict and state-building international interventions in Kosovo.

Bosnia’s constitutional reform – response to Valery Perry

Bosnia’s constitutional reform – response to Valery Perry

Florian Bieber responds to Valery Perry’s piece on constitutional reform in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

More muddling through in Bosnia and Herzegovina?

More muddling through in Bosnia and Herzegovina?

Constitutional reform is never a “panacea,” in any country. However, by engaging citizens, creating opportunities for litigation and targeting constituencies ready and able to demand accountability in targeted areas, the language of reform can at least be normalized and, perhaps even democratized.

Why constitutional reform will not solve the Bosnian blockade

Why constitutional reform will not solve the Bosnian blockade

Whilst the strong link between ethnicity, territory and governance has caused problems that contribute to the Bosnian crisis, the constitutional reform cannot hope to overcome this, but can only reduce its impact at best. Constitutional reform entails a trade-off between seeking to achieve modest improvements of the institutional structure, whilst sustaining […]