Tag: Bosnia-Herzegovina

Dysfunctional Power-Sharing and the Security Sector in Bosnia

Although power-sharing structures may seem virtuous in theory, in practice, they can become plagued by dysfunction and deadlock if groups feel unfairly represented, lack genuine political will to cooperate, or remain fixated on lingering hostilities from the conflict. Bosnia’s government structure, is an example of such a dysfunctional power-sharing arrangement, as evidenced by the ‘Bosnian Spring’ protests of February 2014.

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Shifting Minefields: Bosnia’s Violent Legacy in the Wake of the Balkan Floods

Bosnia-Herzegovina has suffered tremendously from the recent Balkan floods – unexpected flash flooding, bursting rivers, and landslides have resulted in a state of emergency. Particularly troubling are the 2,000 landslides which have occurred as a result of the floods. As a result of the heavy rainfall, thousands of landslides have dislodged landmines from their carefully mapped locations, compounding the many dangers from the floods.

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Bosnia and Herzegovina: SSR and EU Accession

In Sarajevo, from 29-31 October, the OSCE Mission to Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) partnered with the Bosnian Armed Forces and the Centre for Security Studies to organize an Advanced Security Sector Reform (SSR) course. The advanced course was designed to familiarize security stakeholders with a whole-of-government approach towards SSR and good governance in BiH.

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Revisiting the Western Balkans

David Law recently returned to the Western Balkans after an absence of over a year to attend a conference that brought together Parliamentary Defence and Security Committees from several countries of the region, as well as Turkey. The venue was Rakitje, the headquarters of RACVIAC, an organisation originally set up to supervise disarmament arrangements among the former Yugoslav republics, but now focuses on promoting regional dialogue and cooperation more generally.

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The Military’s Role in Post-Conflict Law Enforcement: DCAF Report on Bosnia and Kosovo

Military support is necessary—but not sufficient—to win the fight against organized crime in post-conflict states, according to a recent report by the Geneva Centre for the Democratic Control of Armed Forces. The report could not be timelier, as international forces continue to struggle with criminal forces in Afghanistan, and question the appropriate role for international military forces in post-conflict law enforcement.

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