Please join the Harriman Institute for a talk by Florian Bieber, University of Kent.
Over the last three years, Bosnia has skirted around the edge of political paralysis. The profound political crisis of the country has pitted not just the divided political elites against each other, but also poisoned relations between the High Representative and the Bosnian Serb leadership. From Bosnian politicians to policy pundits, talk of an imminent end of Bosnia has become loader in recent months. Can Dayton Bosnia be saved? The severity of the Bosnian crisis is less the result of a fundamental change in the contentious politics in Bosnia, but rather a consequence of weakness of international actors in Bosnia. The indecisiveness of the European Union and the lack of an international strategy has been the primary source of the current crisis. This talk will trace the current crisis and its causes, compare it with crisis in post-war Bosnia and analyze the prospects for Bosnia’s survival. While the crisis bears some real risk, it is also an opportunity for Bosnia to move decisively from a post-war country to a more stabile political system.
Florian Bieber is Lecturer of East European Politics at the University of Kent, Canterbury, UK. In 2009 he held a visiting chair at Cornell University and is a visiting professor at the University of Bologna, Sarajevo and Central European University, Budapest. Between 2001 and 2006, he has been a regional representative, project advisor and senior research associate in Belgrade and Sarajevo for the European Centre for Minority Issues on human and minority rights in former Yugoslavia. He is the other of “Post-War Bosnia” (2006) and several articles on the political system and interethnic relations in Bosnia and Southeastern Europe.