Izetbegović’s discourse is filled with the examples of violation of all key values of moral-discursive matrix of language: for instance, we find many contradictory statements concerning essential issues and aspects of BiH politics; the statement on civil, ethnically unmarked BiH in parallel with the statement on BiH-Moslems as a foundational, and even majority, people to BiH who can claim some special rights over the state; or the expression of the wish to accept the condition of war with the aim of defending Bosnia’s full sovereignty in the sense of an undivided rule; but also the expression of readiness to arrange the relations within BiH in accordance with both Serb and Croat interests.
- Theory of dediscoursification and implementation of Dayton peace as continuation of the state of war
- Elections as the means of discrimination against BiH Croats
- Why has Bonn-powered High Representative never been a sign of progress for Bosnia-Herzegovina: four reflections
- Democracy, democratic representation, and constitutional logic of ethnic electoral units in Bosnia-Herzegovina
- Strengthening of the role of European Union and Germany in Bosnia and Herzegovina – continuity of the reforms in wrong direction or U-turn in accordance with the European Parliament Resolution?
- On an analysis by Konrad Adenauer Stiftung that should have remained unpublished
Such abuse of electoral outcomes was founded also on a ‘reform’ of the House of Peoples of the BiH Federation which, under the Washington agreement, is composed of Bosniak and Croat 30 member clubs that made decisions by a simple majority. The reforms added to the House both a Serb and a club of ‘others’, while the number of representatives per clubs was reduced to 17, and a simple majority decision making by individual clubs was reduced to 1/3 threshold. As 6 of 17 delegates to the Croat club are actually elected in the cantons with Bosniak majoriy, this has enabled Bosniaks to elect 6 „Croats of their own” and thereby gain supremacy within the Croat club.
In reflections offered here author advocate a thesis: for a number of clear and pertinent reasons, the acting of Bonn-powered HR is inherently damaging to Bosnia-Herzegovina as a state and also as an association both of entities and of peoples and citizens.
What is a problem with the election of Željko Komšić as a BiH Presidency member?
As Drazen Pehar explains, the election of Komšić stands in violation of the Dayton Constitution for Bosnia-Herzegovina, in particular of the preamble to the Constitution. Since the BiH Election Law currently in force sanctions the election, the law itself is unconstitutional. As a part of the explanation, Pehar offers a detailed argument in support of the theses that, first, in this part, the election law is actually an effect of a flawed and unpersuasive interpretation of the Dayton Constitution, and, secondly, that the logic of the Constitution plausibly interpreted supports the idea of ethnic electoral units.
Rise of the EU and German interest for the Balkans and Bosnia and Herzegovina got confirmed by German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s personal initiative on appointing the Balkans leaders’ meeting on 28th of August in Berlin. The meeting should be seen in the context of regional cooperation increase and strengthened European integration.
It is with amazement, perhaps even a shock, that one should register the amount of irresponsibility and incompetence with which some NGOs in Bosnia-Herzegovina (BiH) approach some serious issues or tasks, such as analysis of a status of a constituent people, or peoples, within the context of the process of ‘implementing of Dayton peace frame for BiH,’ as the somewhat empty phrase has it. One of the best illustrations of such a sad condition can be found in a study recently published by Konrad Adenauer Stiftung (KAS), a German non-profit organization funded by the CDU, in cooperation with European Academy at Sarajevo.
This essay deals with an unfairly neglected document, the Dayton Agreement on Implementing the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina, signed at Dayton on November 10 1995. The first two parts of the essay reproduce the key provisions and the character of the agreement, and also the agreement’s key implications. The third part of the essay aims to problematize the process of implementation of the Dayton framework for peace in light of the agreement on implementing the Federation. Finally, the fourth part issues a number of recommendations at several levels as a part of an attempt to clarify the ways in which the situation in Bosnia-Herzegovina could be amended.
In its newest and at the same time the last report dedicated to Bosnia and Herzegovina topics, International Crisis Group (ICG) analyzes the social and political problems of Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) in the manner based on the completely opposite values and theoretical presumptions than before.
Prof. Dražen Pehar offers here an analysis of American foreign policy towards Bosnia-Herzegovina covering a longer period, from 1991 till today. The analysis presents four key narratives couched in terms that reflect American global policy as well as the image America cultivates about itself throughout the last century. Through this essay Pehar implicitly sides with the traditional approach of European diplomacy centered on the notions of compromise and of reasonable negotiating that assumes both rationality and moral equality of the opening positions.
European Parliament, the supreme legislative body of the European Union, adopted 6th of the February 2014 the Resolution on the 2013 progress report on Bosnia and Herzegovina. This Resolution contains several clear and undoubtful positions and statements which, even at the brief reading, significantly differ from the usual political rhetoric and practice of the “International Community” representatives.