Archive for category: Balkans

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

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

TransConflict is pleased to present part eighteen 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 – the international community and Izetbegović’s project of dediscoursification

Bosnia – the international community and Izetbegović’s project of dediscoursification

Bosnia and Herzegovina’s politics in the post-Dayton period is to a large extent a politics of continuation of war by other means, and for such a continuation international actors are indeed chiefly responsible.

Bosnia – Izetbegović and implementation of the Dayton peace agreement

Bosnia – Izetbegović and implementation of the Dayton peace agreement

Alija Izetbegović, a member of the Presidency of Bosnia and Herzegovina until 2000, considered the post-Dayton peace agreement period as a frame that ought to be used as a tool to continue the war by verbal means, including both legal and diplomatic channels.

Bosnia – the theory of dediscoursification and Dayton as a continuation of the state of war

Bosnia – the theory of dediscoursification and Dayton as a continuation of the state of war

The theory of dediscoursification explains in detail what exactly happens when language fails; that is, when some political actors gradually come to a realization that, to their shared problems or political conflict, they are unlikely to find a joint solution in the medium of language.

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

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

TransConflict is pleased to present part seventeen 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.”

Greater Serbia and Greater Albania do not exist – the myth of bad Serb-Albanian relations

Greater Serbia and Greater Albania do not exist – the myth of bad Serb-Albanian relations

The incidents during the recent football match between Serbia and Albania and the fall-out with attacks against bakeries owned by real (and presumed) Kosovo Albanians in Serbia and the postponement of the visit of Albanian Prime Minister to Belgrade have created a misleading hype about Serb-Albanian relations.

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

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

TransConflict is pleased to present part sixteen 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.”

Five more inconvenient truths about Kosovo

Five more inconvenient truths about Kosovo

Though Kosovo’s relations with the Serbian government in Belgrade have certainly improved and a series of agreements reached in April 2013 under EU mediation committed both sides to long-term normalization of relations, questions remain as to what happens next. Officials in Pristina, Belgrade and Brussels need to address a number of additional truths […]

Bosnia – stabilization stalled in negative peace

Bosnia – stabilization stalled in negative peace

The current situation in Bosnia and Herzegovina can be can safely described as extant negative peace. Structural and cultural violence are endemic. The pressing problem now is what to do when a political settlement – and stabilization and reconstruction as we know it – are not enough to break a deep-rooted protracted conflict cycle. 

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

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

TransConflict is pleased to present part fifteen 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.”

Is Komšić a better Lagumdžija?

Is Komšić a better Lagumdžija?

The impact of the recent election could become more “civic” than it might appear, if politicians seeking to represent that term examine their own motives, drop their international crutch, and craft an alternative to the patronage bedrock on which the current Bosnia and Herzegovina depends. 

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.