A New Agenda for Bosnia and Herzegovina

TitleA New Agenda for Bosnia and Herzegovina
Publication TypeBook
Subtitle / Series TitleUSIP Peace Briefing (August 2009)
Year of Publication2009
AuthorsO'Brien, J
Number of Pages8 pp.
PublisherUnited States Institute of Peace (USIP)
Accession Number1341

As concerns grow about Bosnia's post-war recovery, USIP presents its fourth report on recent developments in Bosnia and Herzegovina and various options the U.S. government, Europe and Bosnia could pursue to prevent a return to violence there. In his paper, author Jim O'Brien, who served as the presidential envoy for the Balkans in the 1990s, cautions against taking a big initiative in Bosnia to head off a future crisis, but rather advocates taking on many, smaller battles that will ultimately align Bosnia closer to the European Union. He proposes a two-part strategy: first, Bosnia should strip political parties of their ethnic, nationalist appeal, and second, the international community should speed up the European Union accession process for the Balkans region overall.

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