Bosnia and Herzegovina’s Social Unrest
authors: Bodo Weber, Kurt Bassuener
On December 10, DPC hosted a policy roundtable in Belgrade: Normalization of Relations between Belgrade and Prishtina in the Context of European Integration.
EU Policies Boomerang: Bosnia and Herzegovina’s Social Unrest14 February 2014 •
EU Policies Boomerang: Bosnia and Herzegovina’s Social Unrest
New DPC Policy Note
By Bodo Weber & Kurt Bassuener
Executive Summary and Recommendations full article
Repeating past mistakes30 January 2014 •
Diplomacy and the Syrian Equation24 January 2014 •
DPC Senior Associate Kurt Bassuener comments on former OHR colleague Philippe Leroux-Martin’s op-ed in the New York Times, "Bosnia’s Lessons for Syria.” In his letter, Bassuener emphasizes the role that NATO application of force played in setting the stage for Dayton. He also expresses deep misgivings about a Dayton-style power-sharing mechanism for Syria. full article
DPC hosts Belgrade conference28 December 2013 •
On December 10, DPC hosted a policy roundtable in Belgrade: Normalization of Relations between Belgrade and Prishtina in the Context of European Integration.full article
DPC in the news on Bosnia Politics, Corruption, and Germany’s Policy28 December 2013 •
DPC Senior associates Kurt Bassuener and Bodo Weber gave a couple of interviews on the West’s Western Balkans policy during the past 14 days:full article
Bosnia’s Unfinished Business - DPC Senior Associate Bassuener publishes letter in New York Times04 December 2013 •3 December 2013 • DPC co-founder and Senior Associate Kurt Bassuener responds to Kati Marton, Richard Holbrooke’s widow, on her November 28 op-ed in The New York Times. In his letter, Bassuener agrees with Marton’s central thesis that the US has effectively disengaged and that the EU is not addressing BiH’s fundamental problems, as well as proposing that America take initiative in bringing Germany on-side for a more honest and constructive approach to put Bosnian politicians on the spot. full article
The Future of NATO and EU integration of the Western Balkans: Is there Still a Role for the US? Washington DC, November 25, 201304 December 2013 •25 November 2013 • Co-Founder and Senior Associate Kurt Bassuener speaks at well-attended Washington DC event held by the Emerging Democracies Institute on November 25, 2013 at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.
Speakers also included Jonathan Moore, Director of the Office for South Central European Affairs in State Department and Haki Abazi, Program Director for the Western Balkans of the Rockefeller Brothers Fund. The full event can be seen on video at:
Energy Security as a Security Challenge in Southeast Europe?, Alt Madlitz/ Germany, October 15-18, 201304 December 2013 •18 October 2013 • DPC Senior Associate Bodo Weber participated at a high-level, Chatham House rules conference on energy security in Southeast Europe organized by the Aspen Institute Germany on October 15-18, 2013. The conference assembled policy makers and energy experts from the Western Balkan region, the EU, the US, Russia and Turkey. full article
European Voice OpEd - Merkel can do well by doing good in Bosnia04 December 2013 •26 September 2013 • DPC Senior Associates Kurt Bassuener and Bodo Weber publish an OpEd in the European Voice in which they argue that Germany’s newly re-elected chancellor Angela Merkel has a chance to force progress in Bosnia, as she did in Kosovo. full article
Public discussion of new Beqe Cufaj novel, projekt@party moderated by Senior Associate Bodo Weber27 September 2012 •Berlin-based DPC Senior Associate Bodo Weber moderated a public event organized on the occasion of the German language publication of the new novel projekt@party by Beqe Cufaj, the German-based Kosovo Albanian author. Though a work of fiction, projekt@party is a critical account of Kosovo’s era of international administration under UNMIK, as well as more generally of international policy of statebuilding. full article
Bodo Weber interview for Al Jazeera Balkan TV News19 September 2012 •DPC Senior Associate Bodo Weber comments for Al Jazeera Balkan TV on Croatian PM Zoran Milanović’s visit to Berlin, the impact of Slovenian-Croatian dispute over Ljubljanska Banka as well as the Croatian-Bosnian-Herzegovinian unresolved issue of a border agreement on Croatia’s perspective to join the European Union on July 1, 2013. full article
Senior Associate Kurt Bassuener participates at Aspen Institute’s conference on “The Future Roles of NATO and the EU in Southeast Europe – EU Enlargement and Transatlantic Challenges,” held in Dürres, Albania05 September 2012 •The conference, attended by approximately 35 officials, academics, and policy experts, was co-hosted by the Albanian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and co-sponsored by the Stability Pact for Southeastern Europe and the German Foreign Ministry. full article
Catalyzing Democratic Change in Bosnia04 September 2012 •Sarajevo-based Senior Associate Kurt Bassuener publishes article for Council for a Community of Democracies “Catalyzing Democratic Change in Bosnia – The West Must Enforce Dayton to Make It History”. - The article, which was republished in Bosnia Daily on September 11, 2012, advocates recognition of the political incentives in the Dayton system as the real impediment to a democratic and functioning Bosnia and Herzegovina. full article
Kurt Bassuener publishes article “Catalyst for Change: Bosnia and Herzegovina’s Downward Spiral and the Need for U.S. and German Leadership”30 June 2012 •DPC Senior Associate’s most recent article explains the political downward spiral in Bosnia-Herzegovina and advocates for both U.S. and German leadership to overcome the long term structural political and institutional crisis in the country. The article is published in the edited volume Unfinished Business: The Western Balkans and the International Community. full article
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Sarajevo, February 23rd, 2014
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 By Kurt Bassuener
Sarajevo, February 17, 2014
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:
Kyiv, Ukraine, January 30, 2014
Kyiv, Ukraine – January 25, 2014
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.