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Bosnia: Between Partition and Pluralism<sup>1</sup>

Oliver P. Richmond and Jason Franks

in Liberal Peace Transitions

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print September 2009 | ISBN: 9780748638765
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748652761 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.3366/edinburgh/9780748638765.003.0002
Bosnia: Between Partition and Pluralism1

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This chapter examines the effect of the Dayton Peace Accords by unpacking the components of liberal peacebuilding in Bosnia and questioning if the current situation is the result of a failure of liberal peace praxis. In particular, it explores the nature of the relationship between international (sovereign) governance, the national/local political leadership, and the Bosnian peoples, which is the site of a clear disconnect, if not a continuing struggle. It shows how this lack of cooperation is derailing liberal peacebuilding and the construction of a multi-ethnic and democratic state in Bosnia. The resultant political stalemate between nationalist groups, particularly in parliament, has led to a stagnation of the liberal statebuilding process. The result may see Bosnia left to fester in a virtual form of liberal peace with the causes of the conflict left unresolved amidst a chronic socio-economic crisis and a fragile security situation.

Keywords: Dayton Peace Accords; liberal peacebuilding; Bosnia; international governance; political leadership; socio-economic crisis

Chapter.  11274 words. 

Subjects: International Relations

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