Conflict Resolution and Peacebuilding

The Variable Impact of EU Conditionality: Differentiated Reforms in the Entities of Bosnia and Herzegovina

Since the Dayton Peace Accord was signed 16 years ago, the European Union (EU) has been actively involved in Bosnia and Herzegovina in various capacities and has created a number of local institutions to support its four current missions. At the same time, the complicated state institutional structure in Bosnia means that the EU must simultaneously interact with a number of local and state-level institutions. Mujo Hadzic discussed a central puzzle: Does EU conditionality work in such a complex environment?

The OSCE High Commissioner on National Minorities: The Role in Conflict Prevention

Ambassador Knut Vollebaek, OSCE High Commissioner on National Minorities

Book Presentation: Bosnia Remade: Ethnic Cleansing and Its Reversal

The book Bosnia Remade: Ethnic Cleansing and Its Reversal (Oxford University Press, 2011) is an authoritative account of ethnic cleansing and its partial undoing from the onset of the 1990s Bosnian wars up through the present. Gerard Toal and Carl Dahlman combine a bird's-eye view of the entire war from onset to aftermath with a micro-level account of three towns that underwent ethnic cleansing and--later--the return of refugees.

Book Launch: <i>How Enemies Become Friends: The Sources of Stable Peace</i>

Imminent violence and war make news headlines, while longstanding peace and good inter-state relations hardly seem newsworthy. By contrast, Charles Kupchan's new book, How Enemies Become Friends: The Sources of Stable Peace, focuses on the origins of peace rather than war. While war is certainly big news, he posits that the bigger news is that the US-Canada border has been consistently peaceful for more than a century, or that only 68 years after France and Germany fought two world wars, people can now drive across the border as though it does not exist.

Director's Forum: Bosnia and Herzegovina: A View From Inside the Government

This event will take place in the 6th floor Auditorium.

Kosovo's Impending Settlement: Analyzing the Ahtisaari Proposal

For the last eight years, the international community has stalled on its decision to determine the status of Kosovo. Because this issue is so contentious, progress towards creating functioning markets and democracy in Kosovo and in Serbia has also been stalled. In the next few weeks, the United Nations Security Council is due to review the proposal for resolving the status of Kosovo, drafted by Martti Ahtisaari, the Special Envoy for the Future Status Process for Kosovo.

The Tenth Anniversary of the Dayton Accords: Reflections on Postconflict State-and Nation-Building

The keynote address with Haris Silajdzic, former Prime Minister and Foreign Minister, currently President of the Party of Bosnia and Herzegovina, will be webcast starting at 1:15 p.m.

To watch the live webcast, follow the links in the See Also box to the right of this screen.

Reversing Ethnic Cleansing in Bosnia: The Localized Geopolitics of Displacement and Return

Geopolitics is concerned with struggles over physical space: how that space is organized politically as well as how this struggle for power and control imprints upon it. It is from this perspective that Gerard Toal spoke about the war in Bosnia and the post-war policies that aim at returning the land (and its inhabitants) to what it once was.

Justice in Kosovo after 5 Years: Suggesting a Way Forward

Since the NATO bombing of Belgrade in 1999, the international community has become inextricably involved with the fate of Kosovo. Many so-called "internationals"—international experts working on the ground in Kosovo—have become vital to the governance of the region. Yet, there are inherent problems in bringing outsiders into sensitive local government branches such as the judiciary, not least of which is how to maximize local ownership of institutions that are not under full local control. Having served as international prosecutor in Kosovo, Michael E.