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For Veterans Day Next Year: Let's Stay Out of Unnecessary Foreign Wars

Doug Bandow | Posted 11.25.2015 | World
Doug Bandow

The U.S. was born in war. Sometimes military action is necessary. But not often. Indeed, virtually never these days. Almost all of the conflicts so often initiated or joined by Washington implicate no important, let alone vital, interests. Most are far more likely to undermine than advance liberty and peace.

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."

Lessons from Bosnia for Syria

David L. Phillips | Posted 10.06.2015 | World
David L. Phillips

There are striking parallels between Syria today and what happened in Bosnia in the 1990s. More than 100,000 people died and several million were displaced in Bosnia between 1991 and 1995. The conflict between Serbs, Croats, and Bosniak Muslims seemed intractable.

Washington Responsible for Collapse of Iraq and Rise of the Islamic State

Doug Bandow | Posted 10.06.2015 | World
Doug Bandow

President Bush is most responsible for the ISIS deluge. The Obama administration has played a malign, but secondary, role. Like its predecessor, it also intervened too much rather than too little. For instance, President Obama continued to back Iraq's Maliki government despite the latter's sectarian excesses.

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.

Should Crimes Against the Environment & Animals Deserve International Prosecution?

Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey | Posted 09.22.2015 | Green
Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey

Should crimes against the environment and animals be addressed by an international criminal code and prosecuted by an international tribunal, particularly if national courts are unwilling, unable or deemed inadequate?

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 Day of Rage

Anthony Lake | Posted 08.17.2015 | World
Anthony Lake

Women and girls are not only seen as the spoils of war and conflict, but their rape has been used as an instrument of war to terrorize populations and enemies into surrender and submission. They become the particular victims of genocide.

Why You Should Include Bosnia in Your Itinerary

College Tourist | Posted 07.31.2015 | Travel
College Tourist

By College Tourist; Author: Hannah McIntyre, Spring Hill College Here's how Bosnia stole my heart and why you should make a trip there part of your ...

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.

Serbia Bans Gatherings Marking Srebrenica Anniversary

AP | DUSAN STOJANOVIC | Posted 07.10.2015 | World

BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — Fearing unrest, Serbia's police on Friday banned gatherings honoring the victims of the Srebrenica massacre 20 years ago as ...

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.

Srebrenica Must Be a Universal Lesson

Sasa Milosevic | Posted 07.06.2015 | World
Sasa Milosevic

The septicemia of nationalism must be cured by embracing clear-headedness, and the process of reconciliation. If not, Serbian victims will be killed once again without knives and bullets, but with political and judicial silence instead.

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 ...

This Is Not How You Play Frisbee, But We Love It Anyway

The Huffington Post | Sebastian Murdock | Posted 06.14.2015 | Weird News

Who are we to judge? Two Bosnian men were clearly showing off for the ladies when they displayed their sick frisbee skills. The video, uploaded to ...

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.