Archive for category: Balkans

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).”

EULEX mandate extended amid reports of corruption investigations into EULEX judges and prosecutors

EULEX mandate extended amid reports of corruption investigations into EULEX judges and prosecutors

Concerns over accountability mechanisms within EULEX and its effectiveness raise inevitable questions as to whether an institution with such a record and structure can be effective in combating corruption and strengthening justice in Kosovo. Indeed, the establishment of the new special war crimes court is seen by some as evidence […]

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Bosnia and Herzegovina – acknowledging the crimes of the past

Bosnia and Herzegovina – acknowledging the crimes of the past

Acknowledging the crimes of the past is a difficult but vital step to build lasting peace. Old wounds can easily be reopened by discussing history, but in order for them to heal properly history must be confronted.

Living in two different worlds

Living in two different worlds

Fule’s criticism of BiH politicians’ unwillingness to change the constitution and his criticism of political leaders for the economic, political and social failures in Bosnia are connected. In both cases, the criticism of Fule go back to a serious disconnect between the West and political realities in Bosnia.

The undeluded going astray in Bosnia

The undeluded going astray in Bosnia

The process of integration into the European Union, which has been stagnant for a decade now, has exposed the sad reality of a total lack of political will on the part of Europe. 

Bosnia – the country as wreckage

Bosnia – the country as wreckage

Protests over identity cards and economic anguish once again have shown that – by themselves – neither street action nor breathless rhetoric from full-time activists or outside commentators can overcome the basic structural underpinnings of informal, patronage based social and economic networks.