The new European Union (EU) initiative for Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) has effectively sidelined the question of constitutional change for the foreseeable future. Whether the socio-economic reforms envisioned in the Compact for Growth and other elements can be achieved without confronting structural issues remains to be seen. But it should be clear that functionality, human rights and popular accountability are essential ingredients if BiH is to fulfil its outstanding international obligations and take on new ones such as EU and NATO membership.
The Missing Link: Security sector reform, 'military neutrality' and EU-integration in Serbia
DPC-CEAS Policy Study
Authors: Jelena Milic, Irina Rizmal & Bodo Weber
DPC co-founder Kurt Bassuener asks "why the international rush on government formation?"06 November 2014 •International officials have been calling for BiH political parties to rapidly form governments and commit to reforms. Kurt Bassuener questions this approach in a November 4 article published by Balkan Insight. full article
DPC Senior Associate Kurt Bassuener writes on BiH elections and international posture for Balkan Insight10 October 2014 •
In his article "West Won't Strike Gold in Bosnian Election," Senior Associate Kurt Bassuener writes that the West would better concentrate on developing a new, reality-based strategy in BiH, rather than hoping that the BiH electorate will deliver them a better hand and allow them to continue their current failed approach. full article
DPC Russia paper attracts wide public attention06 October 2014 • full article
DPC Associate Valery Perry’s letter published by New York Times06 October 2014 • full article
DPC in the News on Serbian Elections, Repercussions of Crimean Crisis on the Balkans28 March 2014 •
Over the last two weeks DPC’S senior associates Kurt Bassuener and Bodo Weber gave a large number of interviews for media in the Western Balkans. full article
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22 April 2015 by DPC
In an open letter to Lars-Gunnar Wigemark the Democratization Policy Council offers a set of twelve top priorities for the new Head of EU Delegation to BiH/ EU Special Representative in BiH's first twelve months in office.
Why Not an EU Army? – Instead of Dismissing Juncker’s Proposal, EU Members Should Develop It into a Useful Policy Tool
By Toby Vogel and Kurt Bassuener
DPC Senior Associate Bodo Weber’s reply to Gerald Knaus, ESI Last November DPC published the policy note Legal Misunderstandings, False normative Hopes and the Ignorance of Political Reality. A Commentary on the recent ESI Report "Lost in the Bosnian Labyrinth”
How Bosnia’s Protest Movement Can Become Truly Transformative Popular plenums continue to assemble and refine their demands and popular protests continue. I and other observers came away the most recent Sarajevo plenum on Friday night, February 21st, impressed by the organization, the management, and the general disposition of the wide range of citizens attending. Following a brief recapitulation of the rules for the plenum, representatives of other such plenums – Konjic, Fojnica, and Mostar – spoke and appealed for solidarity.
Sideshow Štefan and Mendacious Seven It’s hard to imagine how much more tone-deaf European Enlargement Commissioner Štefan Füle could be. A week and a half after protests which took place throughout Bosnia and Herzegovina against the BiH political elites across the board, especially concentrated in the Federation, he came to Sarajevo to .... again meet with those same discredited elites. It was farcical and self-abasing in its last (unsuccessful) iteration in January. It is even more disgraceful and silly now.
Battle for Ukraine
DPC Senior Associate Iryna Chupryna in Kyiv, Ukraine: The new revolutionary Maidan on the central square of Kyiv looks like reincarnation of the Orange revolution nine years ago – the same place, almost the same time of year and the same determination of people stand until the end, until victory.