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    Democracy, democratic representation, and constitutional logic of ethnic electoral units in Bosnia-Herzegovina

Democracy, democratic representation, and constitutional logic of ethnic electoral units in Bosnia-Herzegovina

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.

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    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?

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?

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.

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    On an analysis by Konrad Adenauer Stiftung that should have remained unpublished

On an analysis by Konrad Adenauer Stiftung that should have remained unpublished

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.

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    Multiethnic reflections on an unjustifiably suppressed and repeatedly violated Dayton agreement

Multiethnic reflections on an unjustifiably suppressed and repeatedly violated Dayton agreement

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.

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    Three Federal Units for Three Political Communities – Exit Strategy of the International Crisis Group (ICG) from Bosnia and Herzegovina

Three Federal Units for Three Political Communities – Exit Strategy of the International Crisis Group (ICG) from Bosnia and Herzegovina

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.

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    On some disconcerting aspects of American foreign policy towards Bosnia-Herzegovina –

On some disconcerting aspects of American foreign policy towards Bosnia-Herzegovina –

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.

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    Attempts to Relativize the European Parliament Resolution on Bosnia and Herzegovina, or Who is Responsible for Non-Implementation of the ruling “Sejdić-Finci”

Attempts to Relativize the European Parliament Resolution on Bosnia and Herzegovina, or Who is Responsible for Non-Implementation of the ruling “Sejdić-Finci”

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.

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    Protests in the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina: Civic, Social or Something Third?

Protests in the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina: Civic, Social or Something Third?

Protests which last winter were drawing the public attention in Bosnia and Herzegovina (BH), but also abroad, acquired many different connotations within the short time, which caused numerous contradictory and confuse interpretations, primarily in the sense of the protests’ nature, causes, key actors, but also the possible and expected changes they could produce. However, after the first fires burned down and the dust settled down, the picture of the events becomes more and clearer, together with the related facts.

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    The Crisis of State Sovereignty and Rise of the Principle of Self-Determination – Actual Cases within the EU

The Crisis of State Sovereignty and Rise of the Principle of Self-Determination – Actual Cases within the EU

Contemporary international order is characterized by weakening of the concept of nation-state, the crisis of classical notion of statehood and sovereignty, the expansion of globalization processes and effects. A state founded on the principles of national homogenization, centralized administration and monopoly over application of coercive means, simply no longer is capable to provide security to its citizens and protect them from external threats and challenges, nor is in position autonomously to fulfil international norms in relation to the rule of law, respect of human rights and affirmation of pluralism.

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