Archive for category: Balkans

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 […]

Sarajevo, one hundred years later

Sarajevo, one hundred years later

Last month commemorations were held to mark 100 years since the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand – and the beginning of the chain of events that led to World War One. A century later, the events of 1914 still cause division in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Ethnic cleansing and war crimes, 1991-1995 – part 7

Ethnic cleansing and war crimes, 1991-1995 – part 7

TransConflict is pleased to present part seven 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 6

Ethnic cleansing and war crimes, 1991-1995 – part 6

TransConflict is pleased to present part six 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 5

Ethnic cleansing and war crimes, 1991-1995 – part 5

TransConflict is pleased to present part five 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.”

The elephant in the room – Bosnia and Herzegovina’s unmentionable Constitutional disability

The elephant in the room – Bosnia and Herzegovina’s unmentionable Constitutional disability

Considering the experience of post-war Bosnia and Herzegovina over 18 years, it is time to seriously question whether it will ever be possible for the best executed, most well-intended socio-economic projects, donations, investments and interventions to take lasting and sustainable root in the current constitutional and political structure.

Ethnic cleansing and war crimes, 1991-1995 – part 4

Ethnic cleansing and war crimes, 1991-1995 – part 4

TransConflict is pleased to present part four 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 at a critical juncture

Kosovo at a critical juncture

Following the parliamentary elections of June 8, a new political landscape is emerging in Kosovo. Will it be more democratic?

Ethnic cleansing and war crimes, 1991-1995 – part 3

Ethnic cleansing and war crimes, 1991-1995 – part 3

TransConflict is pleased to present part three 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.”

Bosnia and Iraq – cycles of calamity

Bosnia and Iraq – cycles of calamity

Whatever government structure is finally developed for an ethnically segregated Iraq it should not be as dysfunctional as the Dayton constitution proved to be for Bosnia. Avoidance of an equivalent post-conflict catastrophe must be the predominant goal of the international policymaker.

Ethnic cleansing and war crimes, 1991-1995 – part 2

Ethnic cleansing and war crimes, 1991-1995 – part 2

TransConflict is pleased to present part two 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

Ethnic cleansing and war crimes, 1991-1995

TransConflict is pleased to present 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.”

Breaking the silence surrounding war rape in Bosnia

Breaking the silence surrounding war rape in Bosnia

Almost twenty years on from the end of the war, a new campaign aims to increase understanding and decrease stigmatisation of survivors of rape in Bosnia.

Natural catastrophe as possible inflection point

Natural catastrophe as possible inflection point

Signs that local authorities, patronage figures, and citizens are cooperating to pressure central and entity governments to reconstruct mutually beneficial infrastructure could indicate—finally—a determination to build the local markets essential to eventual economic growth. 

Kosovo and Crimea – what’s the difference?

Kosovo and Crimea – what’s the difference?

The only discussion of principle emerging from the debates over Kosovar and Crimean independence is that initiated by Woodrow Wilson towards the end of World War One, about whether national minorities have the right to self-determination. Can a smaller group be compelled to be part of a larger state, or […]

Kosova/o – uneven competition

Kosova/o – uneven competition

As there is no indication that any EU member will block Serbia from getting into the EU without recognizing Kosova, Kosova’s - and Washington’s - main goal should be to lead to the condition that neither contestant can get into the club unless they both do.

Winners and losers in the Balkans wars – lessons for Ukraine and the Levant

Winners and losers in the Balkans wars – lessons for Ukraine and the Levant

Absent genuine geopolitical interest in another country’s conflicts, the West should stay out of others’ civil wars lest it risks exacerbating them and contributing to chaos through elicitation of false hopes.

The former Yugoslavia – independence and the fate of minorities – part thirteen

The former Yugoslavia – independence and the fate of minorities – part thirteen

TransConflict is pleased to present the thirteenth part of a chapter of “Confronting the Yugoslav controversies – a scholars’ initiative”, entitled “Independence and the Fate of Minorities (1991-1992).”

The establishment of a Special Court and transitional justice in Kosovo

The establishment of a Special Court and transitional justice in Kosovo

Securing convictions for war crimes (regardless of the ethnicity of victim or perpetrator) is only one aspect of transitional justice. What is just as important is the perception that justice is fairly pursued and adequately addressed for all sides, in order for reconciliation to be embraced.

The former Yugoslavia – independence and the fate of minorities – part twelve

The former Yugoslavia – independence and the fate of minorities – part twelve

TransConflict is pleased to present the twelfth part of a chapter of “Confronting the Yugoslav controversies – a scholars’ initiative”, entitled “Independence and the Fate of Minorities (1991-1992).”