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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Deny Moscow a new front in Bosnia

28 March 2014

Deny Moscow a new front in Bosnia

Kurt Bassuener

The West needs a strategy to prevent Russia stoking the separatist aspirations of the leader of Bosnia's ethnic Serbs.
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A Common Western Policy Pivot

13 March 2014

Outline for a Common Western Policy Pivot on BiH
A New DPC Policy Brief
By Bodo Weber & Kurt Bassuener  

Executive Summary and Recommendations
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EU Policies Boomerang: Bosnia and Herzegovina’s Social Unrest

14 February 2014

EU Policies Boomerang: Bosnia and Herzegovina’s Social Unrest
New DPC Policy Note
By Bodo Weber & Kurt Bassuener 

 Executive Summary and Recommendations
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Repeating past mistakes

30 January 2014

In the January 30 issue of European Voice, DPC Senior Associate Kurt Bassuener responds to an article and editorial in the previous week's issue on an EEAS proposal to radically cut the EU rule of law mission in Kosovo, EULEX, including eliminating international executive personnel.  Bassuener argues that this would repeat the mistake made in Bosnia in December 2009, when international judges and prosecutors were removed from the organized crime and corruption chamber of the Court of BiH with dramatic consequences.
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Diplomacy and the Syrian Equation

24 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.
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DPC hosts Belgrade conference

28 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. 

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DPC in the news on Bosnia Politics, Corruption, and Germany’s Policy

28 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:

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Bosnia’s Unfinished Business - DPC Senior Associate Bassuener publishes letter in New York Times

04 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, 2013

04 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:
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Energy Security as a Security Challenge in Southeast Europe?, Alt Madlitz/ Germany, October 15-18, 2013

04 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 Bosnia

04 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 Weber

27 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 News

19 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, Albania

05 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 Bosnia

04 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

Latest Blog post

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 By Iryna Chupryna, 25.04.2014

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 By Bodo Weber, Berlin

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 By Kurt Bassuener
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 

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 DPC Senior Associate Iryna Chupryna in Kyiv, Ukraine:
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.

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