Bosnia and Herzegovina: Has the international community lost the plot?


Bosnia and Herzegovina: Has the international community lost the plot?

Wednesday, 23 February 2022 - 5:00pm
Zoom webinar
Jelena Dzankic (European University Institute, Florence)
Jasmin Hasic (Humanity in Action (BiH))
Dejan Jović (University of Zagreb)
Nebojsa Vladisavljevic (University of Belgrade)
Jessie Barton Hronesova (UNC Chapel Hill)
Othon Anastasakis (St Antony's College, Oxford and Jessie Barton Hronesova (UNC Chapel Hill)

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This panel will focus on the different, and often incoherent, agendas of the key external actors in Bosnia and Herzegovina, and discuss what implications they have for stability and democratisation of the country. Previous scholarship has placed significant emphasis on the 'international community' as the key factor for keeping BiH conflict-free and enticing it to reform. Thirty years after the Dayton Agreement, the country is neither stable, nor sufficiently democratic. The talk explores the reasons for this, by looking at the interplay between domestic and external factors in BiH.

Jelena Dzankic is Part-Time Professor in the Global Governance Programme at the Robert Schuman Centre of the European University Institute in Florence, Italy, where she is Co-Director of the Global Citizenship Observatory (GLOBALCIT) and Director of GGP - Western Balkans programme. She holds a PhD degree in International Studies from the University of Cambridge. She is the author of the Global Market for Investor Citizenship (Palgrave 2019), a leading study in the field of wealth-based citizenship acquisition.  Her earlier works include Citizenship in Bosnia Herzegovina, Macedonia and Montenegro. Effects of Statehood and Identity Challenges (Routledge, 2015), and the edited volumes Europeanisation of the Western Balkans: A failure of EU Conditionality (2018, with S. Keil and M. Kmezic), and The Europeanisation of Citizenship Governance in South-East Europe (2016, with S. Kacarska and N. Pantic). Her articles appeared, inter alia, in Citizenship Studies, Nationalities Papers, and Journal of Contemporary European Studies.

Jasmin Hasić is a former advisor to the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Bosnia and Herzegovina. He currently works as an Assistant Professor of Political Science at Sarajevo School of Science and Technology, and serves as the Executive Director of Humanity in Action Bosnia and Herzegovina. He holds a PhD from Universite libre de Bruxelles. His research interests include foreign policy, diaspora studies and peacebuilding. He is co-editor of Bosnia and Herzegovina's Foreign Policy Since Independence (Palgrave 2019).

Dejan Jović is Professor of International Relations at the Faculty of Political Sciences at the University of Zagreb, where he is the head of the Department for International Politics and Diplomacy. He finished his PhD at the London School of Economics and Political Sciences (LSE, 1999), afterwards he continued his work at the European University Institute in Florence (EUI, 2000) and Stirling University in Scotland (2000-2010). He is the author of the book Yugoslavia: A State That Withered Away (2003, the American edition in 2009), editor of the books Slobodan Milošević: Road to Power (alongside Momčilo Pavlović and Vladimir Petrović, 2008), Theories of International Relations: Realism (2013) and Liberal Theories of International Relations (2014). From 2010 until 2014 he was Head Analyst for the President of the Republic of Croatia and since 2013 he has been Chief Editor of the academic journal Croatian Political Science Review.

Nebojša Vladisavljević is a professor at the Faculty of Political Science, University of Belgrade. After completing a PhD (LSE), he taught comparative politics and national and ethnic conflict regulation as LSE Fellow in the Graduate School (2004-2008). Professor Vladisavljević’s research interests include authoritarianism and democratization, social movements and revolutions, nationalist mobilization and ethnic conflict regulation, with a particular focus on the Balkans. He is the author of Serbia’s Antibureaucratic Revolution: Milošević, the Fall of Communism and Nationalist Mobilization (Palgrave Macmillan, 2008) and Uspon i pad demokratije posle Petog oktobra (The Rise and Fall of Democracy in Serbia after Milošević, Arhipelag, 2019).

Jessie Barton Hronesova is Marie Sklodowska-Curie Global Fellow at University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill and at Ca’ Foscari University in Venice, funded by the European Union. From 2019 to 2021 she was ESRC postdoctoral research fellow at the Oxford Department of International Development. She is also a Chatham House Associate Fellow at the Europe Programme. Her general research interests are in political transitions, democratic backsliding, post-war reconstruction, transitional justice and the rule of law in post-war and transitional contexts. Her main regional expertise is in the former Yugoslavia and Central Europe. She has an extensive experience and knowledge of comparative politics and the international development sector, both as an academic and practitioner, especially in East Central and Southeast Europe. She works across several disciplines (political science, history and socio-legal studies), using qualitative and fieldwork methods.

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