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Bosnia and Herzegovina

Who Is More American Than Donald Trump?

Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey | Posted 01.29.2016 | Politics
Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey

Without absorbing that the Constitution is the foundation of the United States, it is pointless to claim to be an American, except perhaps by coincidence of birth.

Bosnia and Herzegovina: Getting Ready For Business?

Sasha Toperich | Posted 01.25.2016 | World
Sasha Toperich

At long last, some good news from Bosnia and Herzegovina. It seems all levels of the government are working rather well together, coordinating and syn...

From Brussels to Sarajevo: Why Belgium and Bosnia and Herzegovina Are Home to Islamic terrorists

Matt Olchawa | Posted 11.25.2015 | World
Matt Olchawa

It is ironic that Brussels, the capital of the European Union and the headquarters of those EU institutions that have set out a strict legislative and economic reform agenda for Bosnia and Herzegovina, is also home to terrorists and radical Islam.

Learning War in Bosnia and Herzegovina

Chris Benevento | Posted 11.20.2015 | World
Chris Benevento

One of the most devastating effects of the Bosnian War is its legacy in the country's schooling practices: specifically, the divided school, or, "two schools under one roof" system in the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina (FBiH). Under this set-up, students of differing ethnicities are kept completely separate throughout their education.

Has Bosnia's Dream of Accession Become a Nightmare?

Naida Softic | Posted 11.20.2015 | World
Naida Softic

When the agreement was drafted, it was assumed that once the wounds of the traumatic wars had healed, citizens and institutions of BiH would be ready to put their civil identity before their ethnic identity. In actuality, this hopeful ideal was impossible from the moment of adoption of the Constitution of BiH as the integral part of DPA.

Bosnia's War Ended, But Not Its Ethnic Politics

Carl Thor Dahlman, PhD | Posted 11.19.2015 | World
Carl Thor Dahlman, PhD

The lessons from Bosnia shaped responses to Rwanda, Kosovo, Macedonia, Cyprus, East Timor and the conflicts in the South Caucasus and the Middle East. In effect, the international community -- the Western one at least -- learned that stopping a war is hard enough; rebuilding a functional country is nearly impossible.

Dayton's Broken Justice

Kyle Delbyck | Posted 11.18.2015 | World
Kyle Delbyck

With both RS and FBiH still entrenched in their respective, opposing accounts of what transpired during the war, these trials operated as bastions of ethnic bias, failing to satisfy aggrieved communities throughout Bosnia.

Do U.S. & EU Now Need Bosnia as Partner Even More Than Vice Versa?

Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey | Posted 11.17.2015 | World
Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey

Rather than be source of creating false barriers between the U.S. and BiH, we must move beyond the Dayton Accords, regardless of how we judge it historically, to the next level of advancement of shared strategic interests and political values.

Defining Welcome to Refugees by Religion, Race, or Ethnicity Aids Haters & Conflict

Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey | Posted 11.11.2015 | World
Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey

Religion, race, ethnicity, or even tribe, (as in South Sudan), are frequently employed as the weapon to target potential victims and as means for authoritarian political leaders to rationalize their hold on power by promoting fear of the other and hate.

Dayton Accords Defined the Past Not the Future?

Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey | Posted 11.05.2015 | World
Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey

Two decades after the Dayton Accords, the question is not about what happened during the three weeks of negotiations, but why is Bosnia & Herzegovina ("BiH") still defined by and stuck in that period and the conflict that it ended.

Prosecuting Death Penalty Executioners?

Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey | Posted 10.22.2015 | World
Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey

Should those imposing the death penalty be prosecuted for grave violations of international humanitarian law? Too many states, from Iran, Saudi Arabia, China to the US, still execute persons, and frequently for crimes that under international law are not considered "most serious crimes."

Putin Drops the Bombs and Deals the Cards in Syria and Ukraine

Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey | Posted 10.05.2015 | World
Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey

The challenge of Putin as well as ISIS requires an answer beyond avoidance and containment. The threat is immediate but also the challenge to the rule of law and the ideology upon which free and democratic states have prospered as societies and economies over the last few decades.

Meet Damir Imamovic: The King Of Sevdah Music

Kosta Petrov | Posted 09.29.2015 | Arts
Kosta Petrov

When one thinks of Bosnia and Herzegovina, the first thing that comes to mind is usually the gruesome war that ended in December 1995. But, twenty years later, one man is about to change that. How? Through love songs and magical music.

You Don't Know Me

William Spear | Posted 09.04.2015 | World
William Spear

And I am no different than you, my skin wrapped around my beating heart -- pleading for mercy and loving-kindness and waiting for this long night to be over.

Seduction Diplomacy

Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey | Posted 09.03.2015 | World
Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey

As nationalism may seduce the masses, so may vanity have the same effect upon individual diplomats engaged in conflict resolution. While some may debate what strategic interests, conspiracies or prejudices are at play in motivating policy, too frequently it may be the egos of the personalities involved.

A Balkan Roadtrip Along the Adriatic Sea

Rachel Stern | Posted 08.25.2015 | Travel
Rachel Stern

For a pick-me-up, try the intense Bosnian coffee, an espresso-sized concoction with a robust flavor -- which to some will equate to being bitter and thick as mud.

Is MH17 Putin's Katyn Wood Massacre?

Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey | Posted 07.24.2015 | World
Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey

Blocking accountability and seeking to blame others for its crimes, even when premeditated is a KGB tactic, but only marginally successful. Putin should have learned the lesson that the truth is bound to come through.

My Reflections on Srebrenica

Yasmina Blackburn | Posted 07.13.2015 | World
Yasmina Blackburn

If this type of evil happened once; it can happen again. It's like a bitter taste in your mouth even in times of peace. Knowing that human beings are capable of such evil is a stark reality to come to terms with.

Will Bill Clinton Apologize in Srebrenica?

Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey | Posted 07.10.2015 | World
Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey

Whether there was acquiescence or complicity before or after the fact of the fall of Srebrenica, Washington pivoted its policy toward satisfying Milosevic's territorial demands. The mythology of peace in BiH continues to be dominated by tales of age-old hatreds as well as ethnic chauvinist politics.

Smoking Gun on Betrayal and Genocide

Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey | Posted 07.08.2015 | World
Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey

New evidence makes undeniable of what some of us have alleged for almost two decades as a "yellow light" or "green" from Washington, Paris and London to assault and overtake the UN "safe area" and also NATO "protected zone" of Srebrenica.

Bosnia to US, From Refugees to Great Americans

Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey | Posted 07.03.2015 | World
Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey

Early July still brings a bittersweet week for Bosnian-Americans. They are reminded by the Srebrenica genocide commemoration why so many had to flee Bosnia and Herzegovina and why they/we are so fortunate to have been welcomed in America.

UN at 70, Ready to be Retired?

Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey | Posted 06.29.2015 | World
Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey

Should we pronounce the UN a failure, or perhaps give it a ceremonial gold watch and retire it? The UN and its adjunct organs and agencies have made much progress, before the 50th Anniversary, but also since.

For The First Time, A Bosnian Court Grants Compensation To War Time Rape Victim

AP | Posted 06.24.2015 | World

SARAJEVO, Bosnia-Herzegovina (AP) — A Bosnian court has granted compensation for the first time to a war crimes victim in criminal proceedings in a ...

21st Century Sarajevo

Kevin Richberg | Posted 06.08.2015 | Travel
Kevin Richberg

20 years is a long time. What human beings can accomplish in just two decades can be astounding, just look back at the internet (such as it was) in 1995. Now think of how transformed 21st century lives have become by the two decade evolution of computer technologies.

Burundi, Politics of Ego and Not Ethnicity?

Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey | Posted 05.23.2015 | World
Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey

Ethnicity is a tool rather than the cause for the reappearance of discord in Burundi. As means to rationalize his grab for perpetual office, President Pierre Nkurunziza has reached into the bag of tricks of stoking fear of "the other." That is a zombie from the past that can rise from the dead.