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DPC at "Dayton Peace Accords at 20” in Ohio, November 18-21, 2015

Organized by the University of Dayton and the City of Dayton, the "Dayton Peace Accords at 20” conference had both a retrospective element, delivered by many who participated in the 1995 talks, and a focus on the present and future of Bosnia and Herzegovina. Former President Bill Clinton was a keynote speaker on November 19. DPC Senior Associates Bodo Weber and Valery Perry moderated panels – "What is the US Role in Bosnia and Herzegovina Today, and How Can the US be More Effective?” and "Bosnia and Herzegovina’s Political, Social and Economic Future: Prediction for the Dayton Peace Accords’ 30thAnniversary,” respectively. DPC Senior Associate Kurt Bassuener was the final speaker on the conference’s last panel, "What is the Way Forward for Bosnia and Herzegovina’s Integration into Euro-Atlantic Structures?” Find his speaking notes here.

In addition, Senior Associate Kurt Bassuener addressed the Dayton Rotary Club on December 16 – his speaking notes are linked here. Senior Associate Valery Perry also took the occasion to conduct interviews for her film project "Looking for Dayton”, with two colleagues, Pavle Fukarek and Erol Gagula speaking on the citizens’ perspective of post-Dayton Bosnia in a panel moderated by Senada Šelo-Šabić.

To watch the full video recording of Day 1 of the conference, click here, in order to watch Day 2, click here.


DPC Associate Bodo Weber keynote speaker at Copenhagen Dayton conference

DPC Senior Associate Bodo Weber was invited to deliver the keynote at "War in a Europe of Peace - Conference on the occasion of 20 years of the Dayton agreement,” that took place in Copenhagen on November 13, 2015. The conference was organized by two Danish foreign policy magazines, Magasinet rÆST and Magasinet EUROPA, in cooperation with BalkanGruppen, EUtropolis, SILBA and EUROPA neavnet. It took place at Copenhagen University and included, among others, Danish historian Christian Axboe Nielsen, Danish Bosnian writer Alen Mešković, former Danish Interior Minister Birte Weiss, EU Delegation to BIH Political Advisor Ole Hammer, former Executive Director of the European Policy Center (EPC) Hans Martens, and former ICTY judge Frederik Harhoff as panelists. In his keynote speech, Bodo Weber explained the causes and consequences of the West’s failed transition from a postwar interventionist policy approach employing the Dayton instruments, declaring that the EU’s Bosnia initiative is a continuation of the lack of political will that led to this failure.


DPC-CSSP roundtable "Dayton, 20 years later – what now after the failed transition?” in Berlin, November 3, 2015

DPC, in cooperation with the Christian Schwarz-Schilling Project (CSSP-Berlin Center for Integrative Mediation), organized a joint roundtable discussion on "Dayton, 20 years later – what now after the failed transition?” The gathering, held at Bundestag premises, featured former High Representative Christian Schwarz-Schilling, the German Foreign Office’s Special Envoy for Western Balkans and Turkey, Ernst Reichel, and DPC Senior Associate Bodo Weber. The event was moderated by Tobias Pietz, acting head of research at the Berlin Center for International Peace Mission (ZIF). The first discussion focused on the failed transition from Dayton after 2005, while the second was devoted to identifying a forward-looking policy to move "beyond Dayton” and on reform conditions to be met in order to retire the Dayton instruments.


DPC co-hosts "pioneering” conference in Belgrade on next steps in Serbia-Kosovo Dialogue,
Belgrade, December 10, 2013

On December 10, DPC, in partnership with the Heinrich Böll Foundation Serbia and Center for Foreign Policy, Belgrade, hosted a policy roundtable in Belgrade: Normalization of Relations between Belgrade and Prishtina in the Context of European Integration.The event was third in the series "Challenges to Regional Policy of the Republic of Serbia;” the prior two events focused on Serbia’s relationship with BiH and the impact of Croatian entry into the EU.

This public event introduced a few novelties into Serbian public sphere.For the first time in Belgrade, it brought together Serb political representatives from the north of Kosovo – both from the Belgrade-backed Serb List and opposition parties – as well as representatives from south of the Ibar who participate in the Republic of Kosovo government.The roundtable also brought an usually large number of Kosovo Albanian civil society and think tank representatives to the Serbian capital. Panelists included: Oliver Ivanović (Civil Initiative Serbia, Democracy, Justice – Mitrovica), Dušan Janjić (Active Serbia – Belgrade), Leon Malazogu (Development for Democracy, Prishtina), Engjellushe Morina (Council for Foreign Relations, Prishtina), Petar Miletić (deputy head of the Parliament of the Republic of Kosovo)and Danijela Vujičić (Civic Initiative Srpska, Mitrovica).In addition, German Ambassador Heinz Wilhelm delivered introductory remarks and EU Head of Delegation Michael Davenport delivered a keynote address.Kurt Bassuener was a commentator on the first panel, dealing with the implementation of the Brussels Agreement, while Bodo Weber moderated the second, in which panelists gave outlooks on 2014.Roundtable participants were drawn from Serbia, Kosovo, and international organizations, as well as including two serving Bundestag deputies, Marieluise Beck (Greens) and Peter Beyer (CDU).The discussion involved all panelists and a wide range of those in the room.The conference was considered a rarely informative event on the political reality in Kosovo and the Belgrade-Prishtina dialogue by many participants.One of the international officials attending called the event "pioneering” in correspondence with DPC.

The Future of NATO and EU integration of the Western Balkans: Is there Still a Role for the US? - Washington DC, November 25, 2013

25 November 2013 Co-Founder and Senior Associate Kurt Bassuener speaks at well-attended Washington DC event held by the Emerging Democracies Institute on November 25, 2013 at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.

Speakers also included Jonathan Moore, Director of the Office for South Central European Affairs in State Department and Haki Abazi, Program Director for the Western Balkans of the Rockefeller Brothers Fund. The full event can be seen on video at:

Each panelist spoke for roughly 10 minutes, responding to moderator and host Reuf Bajrovic's question and the panel's theme. Jonathan Moore responded to a query on the meaning of Assistant Secretary Victoria Nuland's statement at the Atlantic Council that a "re-assessment" of US policy might be in order and gave an overview of the US policy toward the region. Asked whether the region could move forward, Haki Abazi's remarks revolved around the pervasive nature of organized crime and "illicit economy" regionwide, giving an example of the energy sector, and underscored the importance of rule of law. Kurt Bassuener was asked how it was feasible to get "a Kosovo that is independent and recognized by Belgrade." His remarks centered on the need for American engagement - and for high-level engagement with Germany on the region, as well as Bosnia's deep-seated institutional maladies. The session was very well-attended, with 80+ in the room. Three rounds of questions and answers developed on themes from the initial panel.

Energy Security as a Security Challenge in Southeast Europe?, Alt Madlitz/ Germany, October 15-18, 2013

18 October 2013. DPC S Bodo Weber participated at a high-level, Chatham House rules conference on energy security in Southeast Europe organized by the Aspen Institute Germany on October 15-18, 2013. The conference assembled policy makers and energy experts from the Western Balkan region, the EU, the US, Russia and Turkey. Conference discussions centered on a number of key questions: How can security of supply be ensured in Southeast Europe? Is there a risk of politicization of energy supply issues in the region? What role does the region play in the larger geopolitical context? The conference took place in Alt Madlitz outside of Berlin.

DPC’s Associate co-chaired a panel entitled "Securing Sustainable Energy Supply in SEE – A Long Road Ahead?”


DPC Senior Associate Kurt Bassuener testifies before Oireachtas

On December 4, 2012, DPC Senior Associate Kurt Bassuener was among three witnesses before the Irish Parliament’s (Oireachtas) Joint Committee for EU Affairs on EU policy in Bosnia and Herzegovina.In his remarks and in response to questions from Dail and Senate members, Bassuener advocated a reconfigured and stronger joint Western approach toward BiH:

See also the Oireachtas’ press release :

Read Mr. Bassuener’s presentation:

"Kurt Bassuener stamen Oireachtas”

Public discussion of new Beqe Cufaj novel, project@party – Senior Associate Bodo Weber moderated public discussion and presentation of novel on UN-administration-led statebuilding in Kosovo, Berlin September 27, 2012

Berlin-based DPC Senior Associate Bodo Weber moderated a public event organized on the occasion of the German language publication of the new novel projekt@party by Beqe Cufaj, the German-based Kosovo Aalbanian author. Though a work of fiction, project@party is a critical account of Kosovo’s era of international administration under UNMIK, as well as more generally of international policy of statebuilding. Cufaj discussed Kosovo’s UNMIK experience as well as current political developments and challenges after the end of Kosovo’s "supervised independence” on September 10 this year. Other speakers at the event included Joachim Ruecker, former head of UNMIK, and Bundestag member Michael Brand (CDU). The event was co-organized by the publishing house Secession and the Embassy of the Republic of Kosovo in Berlin.


Senior Associate Kurt Bassuener participated as a commentator at Aspen Institute’s conference on "The Future Roles of NATO and the EU in Southeast Europe – EU Enlargement and Transatlantic Challenges,” held in Dürres, Albania on September 5-8, 2012.

The conference, attended by approximately 35 officials, academics, and policy experts, was co-hosted by the Albanian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and co-sponsored by the Stability Pact for Southeastern Europe and the German Foreign Ministry. Bassuener spoke in the final session, addressing the topic "The Role of the EU in Advancing Regional Security in Southeast Europe.”

Humanity in Action Third International Conference, Sarajevo, June 27-July 1 – Senior Associate Kurt Bassuener delivered a keynote address – "The Dayton Accords and the Future of Bosnia and Herzegovina,” to HIA fellows and conference attendees in Sarajevo on June 28, 2012.

On the same day, he gave a workshop presentation entitled "Bosnia’s Constitutional Reform: Is it Possible to Create a Governable State?” The HIA annual conference drew human rights-oriented your professionals from month-long programs in Amsterdam, Berlin, Copenhagen, Paris, New York and Warsaw. The conference opened with a live video address by former US President Bill Clinton. The fukll conference agenda is available at:

DPC-Event - Unfinished Business: The Western Balkans and the international community. Current challenges and the role of EU and the US, Berlin June 13, 2012

On June 13, DPC organized a public discussion at the Austrian Embassy in Berlin on recent political challenges in the Western Balkans and the future role of the EU and the US. The discussion assembled Ulrike Lunacek, MEP (The Greens/EFA) and the European Parliament’s Kosovo rapporteur, Michael Brand, MP (CDU) in the German Bundestag and Vedran Džihić, political scientist at the University of Vienna. The event was moderated by DPC Senior Associate Bodo Weber. Panelists discussed the challenges for the West’s Balkans policy in the light of recent challenges - the ongoing political stalemate in Bosnia and Herzegovina and the outbreak of violence in northern Kosovo in Summer 2011. They agreed on the need for firmer EU-action, better transatlantic coordination, and also the need to overcome the divide of the West and inside the EU over its policy in the region.
The event took place in cooperation with the Austrian Embassy in Berlin and the Center for Transatlantic Relations of the School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) of the John Hopkins University in Washington, DC. It was organized on the occasion of the publication of the book Unfinished Business:The Western Balkans and the International Community, a SAIS publication co-edite by co-panelist Vedran Džihić, which includes articles by Lunacek as well as DPC Senior Associate Kurt Bassuener.

Senior Associate Kurt Bassuener speaks at conference "Political Accountability in BiH,” organized by Zašto Ne? and Political Science Society of BiH, April 26, 2012 in Sarajevo.

Kurt Bassuener spoke on the "The International Community and Political Accountability in BiH.” His presentation was later published in BCS by Zašto Ne? and available here. The original English-language presentation is available here in Word.

Senior Associate Kurt Bassuener presents at roundtable on "Improving Dialogue between civil society in BiH and Serbia on Questions of European Integration,” held in Belgrade on March 16, 2012 and co-sponsored by the Center for Euro-Atlantic Studies, Europeum, and the European Research Centre.

The session in Belgrade concerned constitutional issues. Kurt Bassuener presented on the stagnation of constitutional reform processes in BiH, why they are stalled, and why they remain essential. Participants included a diverse cross-section of civil society from both BiH and Serbia.

Senior Associate Bodo Weber participates in public discussion "Bosnia and Herzegovina – 20 years of independence: successes and challenges”, Vienna, April 12, 2012

On April 12 DPC Senior Associate Bodo Weber took part in a public discussion on the 20th anniversary of Bosnia-Herzegovina’s independence. The event was place at the Diplomatic Academy in Vienna, and was co-organized by the Institute for the Danube Region and Central Europe, the Diplomatic Academy Vienna, the Renner Institute and the Political Academy. Weber discussed the state of BiH’s state of politics and state with co-panelists Valentin Inzko, High Representative of the International Community in BiH and Edin Šarčević, professor of international law at the University of Leipzig. The discussion was moderated by Vedran Džihić, political scientist at the University of Vienna.
Bodo Weber in his contribution reflected on the origin of the current ruling coalition’s crisis in Bosnia-Hercegovina. He painted the broader picture of the country’s deepening institutional and political blockage since 2006. He criticized the lack of a strategy and the disunity both inside the EU as well as between the EU and the US over its Bosnia policy. Instead of facing these shortcomings, Weber noted, the West is leading a proxy debate on the Office of the High Representative (OHR) that has led to a paralysis of the Dayton instruments, while the EU’s watering down of conditionality in BiH’s integration process has yielded no tangible results.

On July 26, 2011 – Kurt Bassuener testified at Helsinki Commission of the US Congress briefing "Spotlight on Bosnia: Obstacles to Progress and Recommendations for the International Response.”

Bassuener and the other panelists - former US Ambassador to Bosnia and Herzegovina Clifford Bond and the Woodrow Wilson Center’s Nida Gelažis - discussed their views on the situation in BiH and the potential respective roles for the US and EU. The event received sustained coverage in BiH media.

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13, 2011 – Senior Associates Kurt Bassuener and Bodo Weber both spoke at SAIS Conference "The Western Balkans: Progress, Stagnation, or Regression?" in Sarajevo.

Kurt Bassuener was a commentator (along with ESI’s Gerald Knaus) on a panel entitled "Prospects for the New Government in Bosnia and Herzegovina and the Role of the International Community.” Bodo Weber spoke on a panel called "Democratizing the ‘Constitutional Debate:’ Inclusion of Civil Society Voices.”



April 20, 2011, Kurt Bassuener spoke as a commentator at an ACIPS forum entitled "The Future of the Court of BiH and the Prosecutor’s Office of BiH”, Sarajevo.