IDPI

About us

ABOUT THE INSTITUTE

The Institute for Social and Political Research (IDPI) is a non-partisan and independent thinktank. Our mission is to advance and develop expertise in the field of state organization and governance. The Institute was established in 2013 and its office is in Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH). IDPI focuses on preserving Bosnia and Herzegovina’s multicultural and multiethnic diversity.

IDPI conducts research on how to strengthen the democratic relationship between state institutions and society among the country’s constituent peoples. IDPI analyzes the political and social factors that align with the principles of democratic legitimacy and the country’s social diversity, the protection of both individual and collective rights, including the rights of ethnic minorities.

 

ACTIVITIES OF THE INSTITUTE

The Institute conducts a wide scope of activities, including scientific research, publishing, consulting, and policy analysis. Special attention is paid to empirically-based research, results of which contribute to good governance practice in BiH and its relationship to the ideas of federalism, decentralization and conflict management. IDPI draws from lessons learned from other international experiences with the main goal of improving social and political relations and governance structures in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

IDPI is active in the following specific areas:

 

  • Theory and Practice of Federalism
  • Conflict Prevention, Conflict Management and Conflict Resolution
  • Protection of the Minorities
  • Europeanisation/Globalisation
  • Government and Governance Models
  • Public Administration
  • Horizontal/vertical cooperation and coordination
  • Cross-Border Cooperation
  • Resources Management

 

PUBLICATIONS

IDPI published numerous articles, analyses, and papers in both Croatian and English on their website http://www.idpi.ba/ and can be contacted at info@idpi.ba.

IDPI published three books available in Croatian and English:

Bosnia and Herzegovina: Federalism, Equality, Sustainability

Dražen Pehar: Rule of Law and its Guardians (only Croatian)

Valentino Grbavac: Unequal Democracy: The Political Position of Croats in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

 

EXPERT TEAM

Ivan Pepic

Head of the Expert Team

Geneva, Switzerland

Email: ivan.pepic@idpi.ba

Ivan Pepić holds a Master Degree in Political Science from the University of Zagreb and a Master Degree in European Studies from the University of Geneva. In 2015 he was an Erasmus student at the Department of Political Science at the University of Vienna. His research interests include comparative politics, theories of conflict resolution, political systems in divided societies and Southeastern Europe, as well as European memory and conscience. He participated at Belgian, Croatian and other Political Science Association conferences and he recently published “A Comparison of Consociational and Centrifugal Democracy: Switzerland and Bosnia and Herzegovina” in the Croatian Journal of Political Science (with V. Raos) and “The Europeanization of the Croatian Political System” (book chapter with H. Spehar, Palgrave Macmillan publisher, forthcoming).

 

Ivan Vukoja
President of the Assembly and member of the Expert Team

Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina

Email: ivan.vukoja@idpi.ba

Ivan Vukoja is a poet, sociologist and fine arts reviewer. Mr Vukoja holds an MA in Sociology from the Faculty of Philosophy in Zagreb, Croatia. He is Editor in Chief of the Magazine for Political Culture and Social Issues “Status.” His essays and articles were published in numerous scientific, literary and artistic publications. He is a member of the Society of Croatian Writers in Zagreb. Mr Vukoja is Director of the Croatian National Theatre in Mostar and Head of the Department of culture, media, sport and information of the General Council of the Croatian National Assembly of Bosnia and Herzegovina.

 

Milan Sitarski
Spokesperson and member of the Expert Team

Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina

Email: milan.sitarski@idpi.ba

Milan Sitarski holds a Master Degree in History from the University of Belgrade. He is a member of the Expert Team at the Institute for Social and Political Research (IDPI) in Mostar. Mr. Sitarski was Coordinator of the Centre for Religious Studies (CIRel) at the Belgrade Open School (BOŠ) from 2004 to 2011. He was also a manager of the project “Reform Educational Circles” and a secretary for education and course organizer at the Alternative Academic Educational Network. He is a Certified Trainer for Policy Paper Writing and editor of book “Bosnia and Herzegovina – federalism, equality, sustainability.” He delivered numerous training courses and worked as a consultant for public administration, religious communities, political parties, civil society organizations, university students and other target groups in the Bosnia and Hezegovina, Srbia, Croatia, Montenegro and Macedonia on the EU institutions, EU politics and regional South Eastern Europe political developments.

 

Tvrtko Milovic
Political Analyst and member of the Expert Team

Kiseljak, Bosnia and Herzegovina

Email: tvrtko.milovic@idpi.ba

Tvrko Milović is a journalist and a collector. He graduated from the Faculty of Political Science in Zagreb and obtaind his master’s degree  in politology on the Faculty of Political Science in Sarajevo. Until now he worked for many broadcasters as a reporter, editor, programme director and general director. He worked on production of clips and documentaries, and edited educational programes. Mr. Milović has published a few hundreds written aricles, reports, inerviews and colums about different socio-political subjects. For the needs of various projects, Mr. Milović has also written a number of scientific articles.

He is a member of the Presidency of the Society of Croatian Journalists in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

 

Valentino Grbavac
Associate and member of the Expert Team

Washington, DC

Email: valentino.grbavac@idpi.ba

Valentino Grbavac is a scholar specializing in the politics and security of Bosnia and Herzegovina. His recent book, Unequal Democracy: The Political Position of Croats in Bosnia and Herzegovina explores the country’s current political and security crisis and offers policy solutions for stabilization and democratization. He was a Fellow at Georgetown University’s Center for Eurasian, Russian, and East European Studies, a Wallenberg International Fellow, a Co-Chair of Princeton University’s project “US Foreign Policy and Conflict Resolution: Fostering Regional Stability,” a PPIA (Public Affairs and International Relations) Fellow, and is an Associate at the Institute for Social and Political Research in Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina. He obtained his Master’s Degree from Georgetown University’s Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service and BA from Macalester College.

 

Dejan Vanjek
Associate and member of the Expert Team

Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina

Email: dejan.vanjek@idpi.ba

Dejan Vanjek holds a Master Degree in Croatology and Philosophy from the University of Zagreb and a Master Degree in Human Rights and Democratization in Southeastern Europe from the Centre for Interdisciplinary Postgraduate Studies (University of Sarajevo and University of Bologna joint program). He holds a PhD in Sociological Sciences from the Faculty of Political Sciences in Sarajevo. He was a National Security Officer at the Office for Cooperation with Interpol in Sarajevo and the Administration Department Manager in the Parliamentary Assembly of Bosnia and Herzegovina. Mr. Vanjek was Coordinator of the IDPI Expert Team until he became an Adviser to the Croat Member of the Presidency of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Mr. Dragan Čović, in 2014. Subsequently, he became an external associate of the IDPI Expert Team.