Bosnia & Herzegovina


Republika Srpska Withdraws Plans For A Controversial Reservist Police Force In Bosnia And Herzegovina 2

The Serb-dominated entity of Republika Srpska in Bosnia and Herzegovina has announced a withdrawal of plans to establish a new reservist police force amid concerns over the historical context of reservist forces in the country and widespread criticism from Bosnian Muslims and Bosnia and Herzegovina’s Western allies.  During the Bosnian […]


In Splintered Bosnia-Herzegovina, Its Recent Elections Reveal Deep Divisions in the Balkans

Recent elections in Bosnia-Herzegovina have revealed a nation and a region that remain deeply divided.  The election results for Bosnia’s presidency express the bitter ethnic tensions between the three dominant ethnic groups—Bosnian Croats, Bosniaks, and Bosnian Serbs.  In elections for the three-person presidency, in which each of these ethnic groups […]


UN Peacekeeping And Sexual Assault: Where Are We Now?

It has been over a year since the re-introduction of the zero-tolerance policy on sexual exploitation and abuse, an issue that has long been rife within the United Nations (UN). Stemming from a resolution adopted on March 10, 2017, the policy stresses the importance of states holding perpetrators accountable, particularly […]


Women And War: Lessons From The Brutality Of India’s Partition

As India and Pakistan mark the 70th anniversary of partition this year, the violent legacy of the period continues to enflame relations between the two nations. What was then seen as a battle over land caused by religious differences after independence, also became a battle over women’s ‘honour’ – an […]


Bosnia Still Denies Justice To Victims Of Sexual War Crimes

During the Bosnian War, thousands of women and girls were subjected to sexual violence, and the majority have yet to see justice. The Bosnian War was an armed conflict that took place between 1992 and 1995, resulting in over 100,000 deaths. Though wars throughout history are typically accompanied by rape, […]


Geopolitics Returns To The Balkans: EU Instability And Russian Involvement Threaten The Region’s Fragile Peace

While the European Union has been hit by one existential crisis after another – from Brexit to Greek debt to the refugee crisis to the rise of far-right to Eurosceptic xenophobic political parties – nationalist and inter-ethnic tensions have been steadily rumbling in the western Balkans. More than twenty years […]


Permanent Peace In Serbia: Russia, Kosovo, Republika Srpska, And The Right To Self Determination

After being silent for several years, tensions in the Balkans have risen again. After the completion of a train line from Belgrade to the ethnic Serbian town of Mitrovica in Kosovo, Serbia sent a train emblazoned with the words “Kosovo Is Serbia”. In response, the Kosovar government sent soldiers to […]