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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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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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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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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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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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Police Targeted in Bugojno Terror Attack

Friday, July 16, 2010 Comments Off

The investigation into a recent bombing in the central Bosnian city of Bugojno turns up evidence that the perpetrators are linked to a radical Muslim network apparently seeking retaliation for the arrest of its leader, Anes Alic writes for ISN Security Watch. A bomb exploded on 27 June at a police station in Bugojno, some […]

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Too Early To Plan Visa-Free Vacations?

Friday, March 19, 2010 Comments Off

Bosnia has now fulfilled the last technical requirements for an EU visa-free regime, but despite promises, politics may enter the fray and the rush of asylum seekers from Serbia and Macedonia could get in the way, Anes Alic writes for ISN Security Watch. With the appointment of several officials to key state government posts last […]

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‘Reconciliation’ on the Loose

Wednesday, March 17, 2010 Comments Off

Several hundred residents of the Bosnian Serb-dominated city of Visegrad gathered on 12 March to greet Mitar Vasiljevic, a convicted war criminal just released from prison after serving two-thirds of his sentence, Anes Alic writes for ISA Intel. Trumpet players from Serbia played a fanfare on the streets as his convoy came to halt before […]

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UK Aids Balkan Hysteria

Thursday, March 4, 2010 Comments Off

The arrest of a former Bosnian wartime politician in London is convenient for Balkan nationalist rhetoric: It lends Serbia a boost of power in the eyes of the public and throws Bosnia’s ethno-nationalists another bone of contention to use ahead of elections, Anes Alic comments for ISN Security Watch. The massive wounds from the Balkan […]

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Closing in on Balkan Criminals

Monday, February 22, 2010 Comments Off

Bosnia and Herzegovina is due this month to annul one of the biggest post-war legal absurdities with Croatia and Serbia by signing agreements that will finally allow the punishment of convicted criminals holding dual citizenship, Anes Alic writes for ISN Security Watch. A number of people suspected of or indicted for various crimes committed in […]

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Bosnian Forces Conduct Massive Wahhabi Raid

Thursday, February 11, 2010 Comments Off

The real reason behind a recent large-scale operation to shut down a radical Wahhabi village in Bosnia has more to do with an ongoing terrorism investigation than official statements about ethnic intolerance and territorial integrity, Anes Alic writes for ISN Security Watch. In massive raid conducted by Bosnian police and security agencies last Tuesday in […]

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Buying Remorse for Srebrenica

Thursday, February 4, 2010 Comments Off

Serbia is mulling over a resolution expressing remorse for the massacre in the Bosnian town of Srebrenica. This time, EU accession aspirations may prove a big enough incentive to make it happen, Anes Alic writes for ISN Security Watch. By Anes Alic in Sarajevo for ISN Security Watch The Serbian Parliament is expected to discuss […]

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Bosnia Back on International Agendas

Friday, January 22, 2010 Comments Off

Politically speaking, the year 2009 for Bosnia and Herzegovina was a wash, as the country’s leaders failed to meet the majority of requirements for EU and NATO integration. This year’s election could change that, but no one’s holding their breath, Anes Alic writes for ISN Security Watch. Having failed to make any advances in reforms […]

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Bosnia’s Forgotten Minorities

Thursday, January 14, 2010 Comments Off

As Jewish and Roma officials win a major victory in Strasbourg against Bosnian constitutional discrimination, which should pave the way for the ‘Others’ to participate in government, recent history indicates that the Court’s decision is unlikely to be implemented, Anes Alic writes for ISN Security Watch. The European Court of Human Rights ruled in late […]

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Seeking Satisfaction Over Kosovo

Wednesday, December 16, 2009 Comments Off

In the first case of secession brought before the ICJ, 12 of 29 countries side with Serbia, saying that Kosovo’s independence violates international law; but regardless of the final outcome, Kosovo will not return to the Serbian fold, and the entire process is likely to only exacerbate ethnic animosity, Igor Jovanovic and Anes Alic write […]

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Re-arrests Hope to Prove Bosnia Terror Plots

Friday, December 11, 2009 Comments Off

Bosnian security forces have rearrested three men on charges of terrorism and illegal weapons trafficking in a renewed attempt by the prosecution to prove the group’s international terror network connections, having failed to indict them previously due to lack of evidence, Anes Alic writes for ISN Security Watch. Arrested for a second time in early […]

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International Community Stuck in Bosnia

Friday, November 27, 2009 Comments Off

Due to ongoing political obstruction and rising ethno-nationalist tensions, western powers have opted to maintain their political and military presence in Bosnia and Herzegovina, but still lack a precise strategy for the country’s future, Anes Alic writes for ISN Security Watch. Following a recent meeting in the Bosnian capital Sarajevo, the Peace Implementation Council (PIC), […]

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Caught Between Pristina and Belgrade

Friday, November 20, 2009 Comments Off

As Kosovo goes it alone for the first time in local elections, the results are less significant than the voting process itself, as some Kosovo Serbs defy Belgrade’s boycott demand in a move that may cause a major rift between Serb communities in Kosovo, Igor Jovanovic and Anes Alic write for ISN Security Watch. Kosovo’s […]

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The Beauty of International Arbitration

Monday, November 16, 2009 Comments Off

Now that Croatia and Slovenia have signed a deal for international arbitration to resolve a long-running border dispute, assuming the deal makes it past public reluctance and opposition accusations of treason, it’s a win-win situation for local politics, Anes Alic writes for ISN Security Watch. Neighbors Slovenia and Croatia have resorted to international arbitration to […]

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Walking and Baking for War Criminals

Tuesday, November 10, 2009 Comments Off

The release of Bosnian Serb war criminal Biljana Plavsic for old age and ‘good behavior’ is an embarrassment to international justice, especially with the self admission that her genocidal remorse was staged, Anes Alic comments for ISN Security Watch. The early release of convicted war criminal Biljana Plavsic and the start of the trial of […]

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Bosnian Impasse Over ‘Dayton Two’

Friday, November 6, 2009 Comments Off

With a clear absence of political will on the part of Bosnia’s leaders, US and EU officials recently initiated, organized and led (failed) talks on reforming the country’s constitution – a much needed measure to move it out of political deadlock and closer to EU membership, Anes Alic writes for ISN Security Watch. International mediators […]

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Macedonia: Naming the Future

Monday, October 19, 2009 Comments Off

Standing at the door of the EU and NATO clubs, Macedonia’s reception largely depends on one thing: compromise over the long-running name dispute with neighboring Greece. Meanwhile, regional stability hangs in the balance, Anes Alic writes for ISN Security Watch. The 14 October report by the European Commission recommended opening EU membership negotiations with Macedonia; […]

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Minefield Mayhem

Friday, October 9, 2009 Comments Off

Fourteen years after the war ended in Bosnia and Herzegovina, mines continue to claim lives and cause serious injuries, and it would seem that the deminer’s job is never done, Anes Alic writes for ISN Security Watch. “This is not earning for living, it is working for death,” said Habiba Omerdic, the mother of Senad […]

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Fishy Deals in the Adriatic

Monday, October 5, 2009 Comments Off

Critics say there is indeed something fishy going on in the Adriatic, as a sudden and unexpected deal between Croatia and Slovenia hopes to solve an ongoing territorial dispute and unblock Croatia’s EU accession talks. The positive atmosphere is not likely to last, Anes Alic writes for ISN Security Watch. Croatia has long been the […]

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Bosnia: Catching Up with ‘Terrorists’

Friday, October 2, 2009 Comments Off

As authorities in Bosnia arrest another terrorism suspect believed to be trafficking weapons for radical Muslim groups, sources close to the investigation tell ISN Security Watch’s Anes Alic that they are hoping, finally, to catch up with ‘known’ terrorists before it’s too late. Bosnian border police last week arrested a Bosnian citizen with Austrian residency […]

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Bosnia: IMF garage sale

Friday, July 31, 2009 Comments Off

Bosnia’s Federation government starts auctioning off luxury cars in a meager attempt to meet IMF savings demands. The International Monetary Fund (IMF) on 8 July approved a previously halted €1.2 billion stand-by arrangement ($1.7 billion) with Bosnia and Herzegovina, designed to ease the effects of the global financial crisis, but local officials are still facing […]

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