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This week’s World Forum for Democracy 2017 editors

Georgios Kolliarakis

Georgios Kolliarakis political scientist, is a senior researcher at the University of Frankfurt.

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Rosemary Bechler is openDemocracy’s Editor.

Introducing this week’s theme: Media, parties and populism.

Constitutional conventions: best practice

Conflict prevention: will the United Nations return to its roots?

The secretary general is an advocate for reform. But change will not be easy and the case of Bosnia shows how complex peacebuilding can be.

The five 'infections' of the social democratic 'family' in the Western Balkans

Social democracy is failing all across Europe; but it's impotence in the Balkans especially is having serious consequences for the region.

Sarajevo 25 years after: paradigm for the future

The dynamic and sometimes dramatic interplay between the essence and the fate of a city provides the key for a wholesome national reintegration process.

Two schools under one roof: a lesson in ethnic unmixing from Bosnia’s segregated school system

What about one inclusive people that welcomes differences while looking for similarities? Who stands in the way?

Is Bosnia the worst place in Europe to be a woman?

Despite huge strides made during socialism, the position of women in work and social life in Bosnia has taken a huge step back since independence. Why?

Refugees return to Kozarac in Bosnia to rebuild community

Re-making Kozarac is about overcoming dislocation, chronicling the return and restoration of a community in Kozarac in northwestern Bosnia-Herzogovina. Book review.

Yugoslavia, international tribunals and the politics of reconciliation

A conversation about the politics of truth and reconciliation in light of the ICTY's acquittal of Vojislav Seselj.

DiEM25 - between movement and manifesto

What can the DiEM25 movement learn from the Bosnian plenums of 2014?

Celebrating labour day in the red city – Tuzla, Bosnia and Herzegovina

"“I don’t think older people are nostalgic about the socialist past. I can see that the life was better in those days..."

The crime, the time, and the politics of ICTY justice

Radovan Karadzic is my relative, on my mother’s side. For years, I felt uneasy about that and my vehement public opposition to the war put me at odds with many of my relatives.

Democracy, 25 years after Yugoslavia

Just how democratic are the former Yugoslav countries today?

Ethnic cleansing, war crimes and the destruction of cultural heritage: not Syria, but Bosnia twenty years ago

We seem in danger of forgetting the lessons of the intentional destruction of cultural and religious property in Bosnia-Herzegovina during the 1992-95 war.

Fear and loaning in Bosnia and Herzegovina: Republika Srpska’s controversial referendum

While Europe's focus is on the Middle East and the threat of terrorism, Bosnia and Herzegovina may hold a referendum that puts the country's fragile peace at risk.

Bosnia and Herzegovina: twenty years on from Dayton

Bosnia and Herzegovina is a paralysed state. Can a way out be found by leaving behind the Dayton Peace Accord?

Bosnia and Herzegovina in peril once again

The upcoming referendum in Republika Srpska has the potential to disrupt Bosnia and Herzegovina's entire state structure. Where to turn next?

Between Russia and the west

Dysfunctionality in Serbia and Bosnia reflects the larger economic conflict between Russia and the west.

I know the fear and hope of those seeking refuge in Europe

If I could send a message to European leaders it would be this. Understand why people risk everything to reach Europe. Show them the same humanity being shown by ordinary citizens.

Srebrenica, remembered

What does it mean to have commemoration steeped in contention? Memories of the war-traumatised town of Srebrenica are preventing Bosnia from moving forward.

Addressing the needs of the victims of the Srebrenica genocide must be the priority

Both Serbia and Bosnia and Herzegovina must improve responses to the victims' needs and overcome the politicisation of the genocide to move forwards.

Justice undone: twenty years since the Bosnian genocide

Twenty years on from the Srebernica genocide, survivors and families of the victims are left asking: where is justice? A long term approach is needed to help survivors make peace with their past.

Twenty years after Srebrenica, incomplete justice

The road to international justice is long and often winding, as Bosnia and Herzegovina shows us.

Reclaiming the factory: a story from Bosnia

Privatisation processes in Bosnia and Herzegovina have gradually destroyed workers' rights and ownership. But there are stories of hope and resistance emerging from this battered country.

The Balkans is not on the brink

A critical response to Edward P. Joseph's article "The Balkans, Interrupted" published in Foreign Affairs, which has caused much anxiety and bewilderment in the region.

Blueprint for genocide: the destruction of Muslims in Eastern Bosnia

The Six Strategic Objectives could be considered as the Bosnian Genocide’s Wannsee Conference. The only difference is that the participants of this Assembly are still active as politicians in modern-day Bosnia and Herzegovina. 

Bosnia: moving on from the Dayton Agreement?

Though the Dayton Agreement vanquished military fighting, it’s since come under heavy criticism. Is it time to move on?

Is there life after the (Bosnian) elections? Poverty as a weapon of mass destruction

The political disenfranchisement and institutionalised corruption in Bosnia is causing a never-ending cycle of poverty and hopelessness.

The EU: wider and deeper with the Balkans

The post-1945 system is today overtaken by events and a new world order is about to emerge. This new—quite explosive—background doesn’t signal the end of the EU, but shouts out that its core features must be redesigned and receive broad popular support. The question is how.

States heed the warning: Srebrenica’s survivors make international legal history

A court has found the Netherlands partially responsible for the deaths of residents of the UN “safe area” in Srebrenica, who had sought refuge on property occupied by Dutch peacekeeping forces (known as Dutchbat).  

Sonja Karadzic can’t help her surname, but she can help her politics

Sonja Karadzic-Jovicevic’s emergence as a political figure highlights the crucial juncture Bosnia and Herzegovina finds itself in in 2014, as well as the complex, auxiliary role of female family members in post-Yugoslav ultranationalism

The Srebrenica genocide’s lasting legacy: war criminals in our midst

A painful legacy of the Srebrenica slaughter can be felt in the United States, where soldiers of the perpetrator’s army - the Army of Republika Srpska - have sought refuge since the war ended.

Srebrenica: the world fails, but never one’s own government

There are cogent reasons – international, historical and domestic to Britain – why this year's Srebrenica massacre commemorations are different, and beg painful, difficult questions that demand answers.

Sarajevo peace event: addressing the root causes of war

The recent international Peace Event in Sarajevo was simultaneously a commemoration of war and a renewed commitment to organization and action for peace. Heidi Meinzolt travelled from Germany and reflects on the journey for peace

Bosnia: the “lost generation”

The international media can cast an unflinching spotlight on wars but when the war is over the spotlight is suddenly switched off—would that it were that simple for those, including children, left traumatised in its wake. Film review.

Combatting youth unemployment in Bosnia and Herzegovina

Bosnia and Herzegovina's youth unemployment crisis threatens to undermine national educational reforms, opportunities for innovation, and economic prosperity by creating a significant 'brain drain' of Generation Y workers. 

Andricgrad: The 'town within a town' on the Drina

The 'townlet' of Andricgrad may help to move Visegrad and Republika Srpska closer towards a wartime goal of union with Serbia. However, the city also reveals dormant tensions within the community, sending a reminder that the past is still not forgotten.

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