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Bosnia: Still no government, no progress, no EU softening of stance

Monday, July 25, 2011 Comments Off

Author: Anes Alic for ISA Intel. Six Bosnian political parties who won the majority of votes in October 2010 elections and are eligible to form the new government issued a total of 1,373 campaign promises, most of which will remained unfulfilled and forgotten. With 432 elections promises, the main Bosniak Party of Democratic Action (SDA) […]

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Bosnia: Republika Srpska Vows to Hold Referendum on War Crimes Cooperation; How will the International Community Respond?

Wednesday, April 27, 2011 Comments Off

by Anes Alic The parliament of Bosnia’s Serb-dominated entity of Republika Srpska decided on Wednesday to call for a referendum on whether Bosnian Serbs should continue to cooperate with the country’s war crimes court, citing the court’s alleged anti-Serb bias. Out of the 75 lawmakers present, 66 voted for the proposal presented by Bosnian Serb […]

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Trends in Balkan Organized Crime Activities

Monday, April 11, 2011 Comments Off

written by: Ioannis Michaletos The perennial issue of the existence of strong organized crime structures in the Balkan region is of great concern for the whole of Europe, due to the importance of this region as a main geo-economic hub between the European Union, Turkey and the Middle East, and Russia. The United Nations International […]

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Bosnia’s Federation Entity Names New Government, But Instability Will Govern

Tuesday, March 22, 2011 Comments Off

By Anes Alic After five months of back-and-forth negotiations following October 2010 general elections in Bosnia-Herzegovina, the new parliament and government have been named in the Bosniak and Croat-dominated Federation entity. There has been an inability to reach a consensus at the highest levels for the distribution of ministries and key posts, and the appointment […]

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Serbia: An outlook of Regional Cooperation and Border Issues Networks

Wednesday, March 16, 2011 Comments Off

written by: Ioannis Michaletos, Source: worldsecuritynetwork.com The outlook of Serbia in the field of regional cooperation and border issues, reveals that the country seem eager to implement regional cooperation policies aimed at the so-called “asymmetrical threats” of organized crime, international terrorism, illegal immigration, environmental pollution, money laundering and extremism. Most of its structures can be […]

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Kosovo: The View of the Serbian Minority

Tuesday, February 8, 2011 Comments Off

written by: Ioannis Michaletos Source: worldsecuritynetwork.com Ioannis Michaletos: How can the present day situation, as far as, the Serbian population is concerned can be described? Oilver Ivanovic: The situation of the Serbian people in Kosovo is in some respects better than it used to be some years ago, meaning that the attacks against them havedecreased. […]

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Italy May Reopen Smuggling Indictment Against Former Montenegrin Prime Minister

Thursday, January 20, 2011 Comments Off

Italy’s anti-mafia prosecutor has announced that the indictment against recently resigned Montenegrin Prime Minister Milo Djukanovic could now be reopened due to his loss of diplomatic immunity. Prosecutor Giuseppe Scelsi from the Italian city of Bari told local media that even though the crime of which Djukanovic is accused took place 10 years ago, the […]

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Dutch to Quit Bosnia Mission by November at the Latest

Monday, January 17, 2011 Comments Off

The Dutch government will end its mission to Bosnia-Herzegovina in mid-November this year at the latest, bringing to a conclusion the Netherland’s participation in Operation Althea since December 2004. Initially, 530 Dutch soldiers were stationed in Bosnia which was ravaged by a civil war between 1992 and 1995, but today there remain only 85, that […]

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A New Generation of Extremists Threaten Bosnia

Friday, January 14, 2011 Comments Off

By Anes Alic in Sarajevo Five people were indicted on terrorism charges following the June 2010 bombing of a police station in the Bosnian city of Bugojno, but today, prosecutors are focusing more on the international aspect of the case, as leads in the investigation show that the attack may have been organized abroad. The […]

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EU: Controversial Population Census a Top Priority for New Bosnian Government

Wednesday, January 12, 2011 Comments Off

The European Union is urging Bosnian political leaders to speed up the creation the ruling coalition following October 2010 general elections, saying that the adoption of a national census law should be the new government’s top priority. EU officials have repeatedly warned Bosnia that the failure to hold a national census in 2011, at the […]

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Kosovo: The View of the Serbian Minority

Wednesday, January 12, 2011 Comments Off

Written by: Ioannis Michaletos Ioannis Michaletos: How can the present day situation, as far as, the Serbian population is concerned can be described? Oilver Ivanovic: The situation of the Serbian people in Kosovo is in some respects better than it used to be some years ago, meaning that the attacks against them havedecreased. Nevertheless, there […]

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Bosnia Diminishes UNSC Presidency by Sending Low-Ranking Official to Chair Topic Session

Thursday, January 6, 2011 Comments Off

The decision of the tripartite Presidency of Bosnia-Herzegovina to have its UN ambassador chair an upcoming topic session of the UN Security Council is perhaps inappropriate, but not unexpected. Traditionally, these topic sessions are led by a country’s foreign minister (or an official of a similar ranking), and the Bosnian Presidency’s decision to have its […]

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Bosniaks in Republika Srpska Veto New Cabinet for Lack of Proper Representation

Wednesday, January 5, 2011 Comments Off

The Bosniak (Bosnian Muslim) parliamentary group in the Council of Peoples of the Serb-dominated entity of Republika Srpska has raised a question about the protection of their vital national interest in the formation of the entity’s new cabinet. The Bosniak parliamentary group has vetoed a decision to appoint the new RS government of Prime Minister […]

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Bosnians to be Hit Hard by Response to Financial Crisis as Price Rises and Tax Hikes Eat Away at Meager Salaries

Wednesday, January 5, 2011 Comments Off

Bosnian officials are keen to impress upon the public that the financial crisis is in receding; however, statistics tell a different story for 2011 – a new year that is likely to be a more financially trying one for the citizens of Bosnia-Herzegovina. As of first day of the year, food and utilities prices rose […]

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Bosnian Nationalists Consider Govt Formation Meeting, Moderates Opt Out

Tuesday, January 4, 2011 Comments Off

Later this week, Bosnia’s ethnonationalist Bosniak Democratic Party of Action (SDA) will have to decide whether it will take part in a meeting to discuss the formation of a new central government following 3 October general elections. The meeting, which is scheduled to take place on 10 January, was called by the Alliance of Independent […]

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Dodik Threatens to Sue Ashdown in Another Political Opportunity Trick Meant for the Stage (Members Only)

Tuesday, January 4, 2011 Comments Off

Milorad Dodik, president of Bosnia’s Serb-dominated entity Republika Srpska, has announced that he will begin legal proceedings against former High Representative to Bosnia, British diplomat Paddy Ashdown. According to the outspoken Dodik, who enjoys the spotlight, Ashdown will be sued before the UK court by early February for his “arrogant behavior and violations of the […]

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Bosnia’s Post-Election Future Bleaker Than Ever

Monday, December 6, 2010 Comments Off

Bosnia’s multi-ethnic moderate party was the big winner in October elections, but the lack of viable coalition partners has left the playing field open once again to ethno-nationalist parties who are bent on maintaining politically opportunistic instability. By Anes Alic for ISN Insights. Three ethno-nationalist parties and one moderate, multi-ethnic party are likely to form […]

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Terrorist organizations are adaptable and flexible

Tuesday, November 16, 2010 Comments Off

Charles S. Faddis, expert on international terrorism: “Terrorist organizations are adaptable and flexible” Interview conducted by Ioannis Micheletos, WSN Editor South East Europe, Coordinator of Southeastern European Office The continuous assymetrical warfare against international terrorism seems to be far from over, and it spans through the entire globe with terror incidents happening almost on a […]

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An outlook of radical Islamism in Bosnia

Wednesday, November 3, 2010 Comments Off

Information available to experts on international terrorism indicate that Bosnia Herzegovina is presently one of the epicentres of extremist Islamic circles in Europe, as it represents a hub for potential Islamic terrorists – the so called “white” or “European” Al-Qaeda . Money from Islamic countries that is laundered through “humanitarian” organizations finances the religious education […]

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Jean Charles Brisard: “At the strategic level, little has been achieved”

Thursday, October 7, 2010 Comments Off

written by: Ioannis Michaletos, 06-Oct-10 – Interview with Jean Charles Brisard to Ioannis Michaletos – - Since the attacks on the twin towers almost a decade ago, there was intense effort by international authorities to curb the flow of funds directed towards terrorist organizations. Do you assess that we can call the results positive so […]

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Balkan based organized crime activities gaining ground

Thursday, September 9, 2010 Comments Off

The United Nations International Narcotics Control Board released its annual report 2010 detailing the global trends In respect to the main heroin problem in Europe, it was depicted that, almost all European heroin originates in Afghanistan, mostly smuggled in through Turkey and the Balkans or via Central Asia and Russia. According to the report, the […]

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October Poll Crucial for Bosnia’s EU Future

Thursday, September 9, 2010 Comments Off

As far as the international community is concerned, the outcome of Bosnia-Herzegovina’s 3 October general elections will determine whether the country moves forward along its EU path or remains stuck in political deadlock and ethnic animosity, Anes Alic writes for ISN Security Watch. Bosnia is, in all aspects, lagging behind every other country in the […]

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“There’s definitely serious turbulence ahead as always in times of transition”

Friday, August 20, 2010 Comments Off

Written by: Ioannis Michaletos, 18-Aug-10 |  Source: worldsecuritynetwork.com – Interview with Iason Athanasiadis on the Middle East affairs conducted by Ioannis Michaletos — Iason Athanasiadis comments to Ioannis Michaletos on the current aspects of the Middle Eastern affairs and the trends shaping the region between the Eastern Mediterranean and the Hindu River, the most crucial geopolitical […]

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Upitno ukidanje viza

Monday, August 16, 2010 Comments Off

SARAJEVO Vijeće ministara BiH do kraja avgusta mora usvojiti pravilnik o unutrašnjoj organizaciji Direkcije za koordinaciju policije BiH ukoliko ne želi da Evropska komisija odgodi primjenu odluke o ukidanju viza za bh. građane. Visoki predstavnik međunarodne zajednice za BiH Valentin Incko, otpravnik poslova Delegacije EU u BiH Boris Jaročević i šef EUPM Štefan File jučer […]

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Sa OHR-om nemoguće u Evropu

Monday, August 16, 2010 Comments Off

SARAJEVO Evropska unija neće razmatrati aplikaciju BiH za članstvo dok ne bude okončan proces tranzicije Ureda visokog predstavnika (OHR) u ured specijalnog predstavnika EU iako je Sven Alkalaj, šef bh. diplomatije, najavio podnošenje ovog zahtjeva do kraja godine. Nevenka Savić, direktorica Direkcije za evropske integracije, kaže da BiH formalno-pravno ispunjava uslove za podnošenje aplikacije, ali […]

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Nikoli Špiriću prijete smrću

Wednesday, August 11, 2010 Comments Off

SARAJEVO Nikola Špirić, predsjedavajući Vijeća ministara BiH, primio je anonimnu prijetnju smrću, saopšteno je iz njegovog kabineta. U pismu koje je stiglo u Špirićev ured, a koje je, navodno, upućeno iz Mostara, Špiriću prijete smrću jer “radi protiv Bosne i bosanskog naroda”. Pismo obiluje porukama uvredljivog sadržaja, psovkama, prijetnjama i nacionalnom netrpeljivošću. 

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Proces usporili tajni podaci

Wednesday, August 11, 2010 Comments Off

SARAJEVO Proces pridruživanja Bosne i Hercegovine NATO savezu mogao bi biti dodatno usporen jer bh. vlasti nisu usvojile neophodna zakonska rješenja u vezi s pristupom tajnim podacima. Selmo Cikotić, ministar odbrane BiH, kaže da se trenutno primjenjuju prelazna rješenja, ali da NATO insistira na usvajanju zakonskih izmjena.

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Za ministre i direktore kazne do 3.000 KM

Tuesday, August 10, 2010 Comments Off

SARAJEVO Ministri sigurnosti i odbrane, te direktori obavještajne i sigurnosnih agencija za uskraćivanje informacija bh. parlamentu plaćat će kazne od 500 do 3.000 KM, ukoliko parlamentarci podrže zakon o parlamentarnom nadzoru nad odbrambenim, sigurnosnim i obavještajnim sektorom. Kako je predviđeno prijedlogom zakona, uposlenici u ovim institucijama za neodazivanje pozivu za svjedočenje pred parlamentarnim komisijama bit […]

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Bez podrške zabrani vehabijskog pokreta

Monday, July 26, 2010 Comments Off

SARAJEVO Izmjene Krivičnog zakona BiH, kojim se zabranjuje vehabijski pokret, na predstojećoj sjednici Predstavničkog doma Parlamentarne skupštine BiH neće dobiti podršku SDA i Stranke za BiH, zbog čega je njihovo usvajanje neizvjesno. Poslanici SNSD-a predložili su da se hitno usvoje izmjene Krivičnog zakona kojim će se zabraniti vehabijski, odnosno selefijski pokret u BiH. SDA i […]

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Hrvatska neće blokirati BiH na putu ka EU

Monday, July 26, 2010 Comments Off

SARAJEVO Hrvatska, kao buduća članica Evropske unije, neće blokirati pristupne pregovore BiH zbog otvorenih pitanja između dvije zemlje. Neven Mimica, potpredsjednik Sabora Hrvatske i predsjednik saborskog odbora za evropske integracije, izjavio je u petak u Sarajevu da će njegova zemlja beneficije evropskih integracija u potpunosti osjetiti tek ulaskom svih zemalja regiona u EU. “Hrvatska bi […]

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BiH izgubila tri miliona KM

Friday, July 23, 2010 Comments Off

SARAJEVO Evropska komisija otkazala je tri miliona KM vrijedne projekte jer vlasti BiH nisu ispunile uslove za njihovu realizaciju. EU je povukla milion eura odobrenih za ustavnu reformu te još pola miliona eura rezerviranih za pregled socijalnog sektora. Zora Stanić iz Delegacije Evropske unije u BiH upozorila je u četvrtak da postoji još nekoliko odobrenih […]

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Katar najavio ulaganja

Thursday, July 22, 2010 Comments Off

SARAJEVO BiH i Katar imaju odlične političke odnose koje ne prati jednako dobra ekonomska saradnja, ocijenili su u srijedu članovi Predsjedništva BiH i emir države Katar šeik Hamad bin Khalif Al-Thani, koji je boravio u jednodnevnoj posjeti BiH. Delegacije dvije države zaključile su da je potrebno unapređenje ekonomske saradnje, pogotovo u oblasti turizma, energetskog sektora, […]

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Podrška cjelovitosti BiH

Thursday, July 22, 2010 Comments Off

SARAJEVO Srbija podržava cjelovitost BiH i podržat će svaku promjenu unutrašnjeg ustrojstva koja će biti utemeljena na dogovoru njena tri konstitutivna naroda, poručio je u srijedu u Sarajevu predsjednik srbijanske vlade Mirko Cvetković. Premijer Srbije i predsjedavajući Vijeća ministara BiH Nikola Špirić zaključili su tokom sastanka da između dvije zemlje postoji niz otvorenih pitanja, ali […]

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Global terrorism trends and challenges

Thursday, July 22, 2010 Comments Off

- Interview with Frederik P. Hitz conducted by Ioannis Michaletos,WSN Executive South East Europe, Coordinator South Eastern Office – Ioannis Michaletos: The current globalized era has revealed a multitude of perils regarding international security. Do you assess that international terrorism has become an even greater danger, and the efforts so far are not enough to […]

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Neprihvatljiv prijedlog ministra bezbjednosti

Wednesday, July 21, 2010 Comments Off

SARAJEVO Mijo Krešić, zamjenik ministra sigurnosti BiH, protivi se ideji ministra Sadika Ahmetovića da se policijska ovlaštenja daju Obavještajno-sigurnosnoj agenciji (OSA). “Treba da uradimo kvalitetnu analizu stanja u cijelom sigurnosnom sektoru i na osnovu te prosudbe da napravimo najbolja rješenja, a ne da predlažemo slučaj-rješenja. OSA nije u nadležnosti Ministarstva sigurnosti BiH, nego Vijeća ministara […]

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