DPC News

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 Insight

10 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.
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DPC Russia paper attracts wide public attention

06 October 2014 full article

DPC Associate Valery Perry’s letter published by New York Times

06 October 2014 full article

DPC in the News on Serbian Elections, Repercussions of Crimean Crisis on the Balkans

28 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.
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Latest Blog post

Open Letter to New Head of EUD to BiH/EUSR in BiH Lars-Gunnar Wigemark

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 a EU Army?

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

How will the BiH census results be used? In a recent piece published by the SETimes("Experts: BiH Census Key to Ease Tension, Violence”, 5 December 2014, available at http://www.setimes.com/cocoon/setimes/xhtml/en_GB/features/setimes/features/2014/12/05/feature-01), a number of experts note their interest in seeing census results published as soon as possible. A spokesperson from the BiH Agency for Statistics notes a plan to gradually release the information, with final data being released as late as mid-2016... May’s presidential elections in Ukraine – the same old faces After the ousting of President Viktor Yanukovych on February 22, 2014, which came as a result of the three-month revolution and violent clashes between protesters and police forces, Ukraine's Parliament scheduled early presidential elections for May 25, 2014. However, the future of these elections is uncertain.
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
On January 28, the Ukrainian parliament revoked in an extraordinary session nine of the twelve repressive laws adopted on January 16. These severely restricted human rights and freedoms, including the right to free assembly. A new law invalidating the earlier adopted laws was supported by 361 deputies. Only the Communist Party was against.
Revolution of Despair Nothing like the ongoing violence in Kyiv’s streets has been seen in Ukraine’s 22 years of independence. People are clashing with the special police units, throwing Molotov cocktails and sometimes stones at them, while the police respond with stun grenades, tear gas and rubber bullets…. This all can now be seen just in the downtown Kiev, at Grushevskogo Street, in very close proximity to the government district.
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.

Recent Publications

EU Policies Boomerang: Bosnia and Herzegovina’s Social Unrest Author(s): Bodo Weber & Kurt Bassuener 14 February 2014
Legal Misunderstandings, False normative Hopes and the Ignorance of Poli tical Reality Author(s): Soeren Keil 29 November 2013
New DPC Kosovo Policy Paper 'Not Yet a Done Deal' Author(s): Kurt Bassuener/Bodo Weber 11 November 2013