Tag: Republika Srpska

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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The “Unfinished Business” of Bosnian Police Reform

Police reform in a post-conflict context is rarely a short-term task, as the case of Bosnia-Herzegovina reminds us all too well. Recent protests in some of Bosnia’s major cities show that Bosnia’s police institutions are still unprepared and all too willing to use excessive force. Police reform was always considered a crucial component of Bosnia’s post-1995 security sector reforms. In this article, Bosnia’s police reforms are examined and assessed.

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