Evaluating Security and Insecurity in Bosnia-Herzegovina and the Neighboring Regions

Removing obstacles to a final political settlement

Seeking Unity in Bosnia

October 2011, Number 02.04

“More than 16 years after the Bosnian war ended with the signing of the Dayton Peace Accords, Bosnia and Herzegovina remains a fragile and restless entity, threatened by political instability and lingering ethnic mistrust. Disunity among the region’s Serb, Muslim and Croat population carries the potential for conflict that could spread across the entire region, High Representative for Bosnia and Herzegovina Valentin Inzko told the United Nations Security Council in May 2011.

The most recent crisis occurred in April 2011, when Bosnian Serb leaders proposed a referendum to reject the authority of the multiethnic Bosnian state court and other federal institutions and laws. Suddenly, the future of Bosnia’s relationship with the rest of Europe was clouded with uncertainty. European Voice called the referendum request “the deepest crisis since the Dayton peace agreement.” Diplomatic pressure by the European Union persuaded Republika Srpska (RS) President Milorad Dodik to cancel the referendum, but the incident highlighted the deteriorating political situation in a country that had slipped from the radar of many Europeans...”

Excerpt from per Concordiam Staff, “Seeking Unity in Bosnia,” per Concordiam: Journal of European Security Defense Issues 2, No. 4, 2011: 60-63.

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