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Bosnia and Herzegovina: Ten Years After Dayton

Bosnia and Herzegovina: Ten Years After Dayton Dino Abazovi* I. Introduction There is always something paradoxical about Bosnia and Herzegovina, so one would not be wrong to state that the post-conflict period in this country, as time goes by, more closely resembles the pre-war order than some kind of peaceful and prosperous one. The Dayton Peace Agreement (DPA) of established Bosnia and Herzegovina as a state comprised of two entities, each with a high degree of autonomy: the Republika Srpska and the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina. The chief civilian peace implementation agency in Bosnia and Herzegovina is the Office of the High Representative (OHR): the DPA "designated the High Representative to oversee the implementation of the civilian aspects of the Peace Agreement on behalf of the international community".1 Although it was a compromise that brought the war to an end and established a kind of peace, the DPA has contributed greatly to the creation of a fertile soil for political interventions with an `ethnonational' prefix. In the salmagundi of legal systems in Bosnia and Herzegovina--some legal experts claim that during the past ten years at least six incompatible legal systems have been in force in the country2--the national­ ethnic, (pseudo)collective element has acquired complete http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png European Yearbook of Minority Issues Online Brill

Bosnia and Herzegovina: Ten Years After Dayton

European Yearbook of Minority Issues Online , Volume 5 (1): 195 – Jan 1, 2005

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Brill
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Copyright 2007 by Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, The Netherlands
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1570-7865
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2211-6117
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10.1163/22116117-90000044
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Abstract

Dino Abazovi* I. Introduction There is always something paradoxical about Bosnia and Herzegovina, so one would not be wrong to state that the post-conflict period in this country, as time goes by, more closely resembles the pre-war order than some kind of peaceful and prosperous one. The Dayton Peace Agreement (DPA) of established Bosnia and Herzegovina as a state comprised of two entities, each with a high degree of autonomy: the Republika Srpska and the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina. The chief civilian peace implementation agency in Bosnia and Herzegovina is the Office of the High Representative (OHR): the DPA "designated the High Representative to oversee the implementation of the civilian aspects of the Peace Agreement on behalf of the international community".1 Although it was a compromise that brought the war to an end and established a kind of peace, the DPA has contributed greatly to the creation of a fertile soil for political interventions with an `ethnonational' prefix. In the salmagundi of legal systems in Bosnia and Herzegovina--some legal experts claim that during the past ten years at least six incompatible legal systems have been in force in the country2--the national­ ethnic, (pseudo)collective element has acquired complete

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European Yearbook of Minority Issues OnlineBrill

Published: Jan 1, 2005

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