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DPC Advance Preview of the 2015 EC Progress Report for Bosnia and Herzegovina
20 October 2015
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Senior Associate Toby Vogel interview in Tanjug on Serbia's early parliamentary elections
19 October 2015 In his interview in Tanjug, DPC Senior Associate and co-founder Toby Vogel states that early elections could strengthen Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic's mandate for the painful reforms required to accelerate the path to EU membership. He cautions these include not only considerable economic restructuring, but also development of normalized relations with Kosovo.
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Events, Violent Extremism in the Western Balkans
01 October 2015 DPC Senior Associate Valery Perry participated in the PfP Consortium of Defense Academies and Security Studies Institutes' conference on Violent Extremism in the Western Balkans, hosted by the Belgrade Centre for Security Policy on September 28-29.
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DPC Senior Associate Bodo Weber interview in daily Danas on upcoming Merkel visit
08 July 2015

On Monday, July 6, 2015 the Belgrade daily Danas published a long interview with Senior Associate Bodo Weber. Weber commented on the upcoming trip by German Chancelor Angela Merkel to Albania, Serbia and Bosnia-Herzegovina and various regional political challenges.


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DPC co-founder Kurt Bassuener asks "why the international rush on government formation?"
06 November 2014 International officials have been calling for BiH political parties to rapidly form governments and commit to reforms.  Kurt Bassuener questions this approach in a November 4 article published by Balkan Insight.
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DPC Senior Associate Kurt Bassuener writes on BiH elections and international posture for Balkan Insight
10 October 2014
In his article "West Won't Strike Gold in Bosnian Election," Senior Associate Kurt Bassuener writes that the West would better concentrate on developing a new, reality-based strategy in BiH, rather than hoping that the BiH electorate will deliver them a better hand and allow them to continue their current failed approach.
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DPC Russia paper attracts wide public attention
06 October 2014
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DPC Associate Valery Perry’s letter published by New York Times
06 October 2014
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29 June 2012

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DPC in the News on Serbian Elections, Repercussions of Crimean Crisis on the Balkans
28 March 2014

Over the last two weeks DPC’S senior associates Kurt Bassuener and Bodo Weber gave a large number of interviews for media in the Western Balkans.
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Deny Moscow a new front in Bosnia
28 March 2014

Deny Moscow a new front in Bosnia

Kurt Bassuener


The West needs a strategy to prevent Russia stoking the separatist aspirations of the leader of Bosnia's ethnic Serbs.
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A Common Western Policy Pivot
13 March 2014

Outline for a Common Western Policy Pivot on BiH
A New DPC Policy Brief
By Bodo Weber & Kurt Bassuener  

Executive Summary and Recommendations
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EU Policies Boomerang: Bosnia and Herzegovina’s Social Unrest
14 February 2014

EU Policies Boomerang: Bosnia and Herzegovina’s Social Unrest
New DPC Policy Note
By Bodo Weber & Kurt Bassuener 

 Executive Summary and Recommendations
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Repeating past mistakes
30 January 2014

In the January 30 issue of European Voice, DPC Senior Associate Kurt Bassuener responds to an article and editorial in the previous week's issue on an EEAS proposal to radically cut the EU rule of law mission in Kosovo, EULEX, including eliminating international executive personnel.  Bassuener argues that this would repeat the mistake made in Bosnia in December 2009, when international judges and prosecutors were removed from the organized crime and corruption chamber of the Court of BiH with dramatic consequences.
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Diplomacy and the Syrian Equation
24 January 2014

DPC Senior Associate Kurt Bassuener comments on former OHR colleague Philippe Leroux-Martin’s op-ed in the New York Times, "Bosnia’s Lessons for Syria.”  In his letter, Bassuener emphasizes the role that NATO application of force played in setting the stage for Dayton.  He also expresses deep misgivings about a Dayton-style power-sharing mechanism for Syria.
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DPC hosts Belgrade conference
28 December 2013

On December 10, DPC hosted a policy roundtable in Belgrade: Normalization of Relations between Belgrade and Prishtina in the Context of European Integration. 

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DPC in the news on Bosnia Politics, Corruption, and Germany’s Policy
28 December 2013

DPC Senior associates Kurt Bassuener and Bodo Weber gave a couple of interviews on the West’s Western Balkans policy during the past 14 days:

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Bosnia’s Unfinished Business - DPC Senior Associate Bassuener publishes letter in New York Times
04 December 2013 3 December 2013 • DPC co-founder and Senior Associate Kurt Bassuener responds to Kati Marton, Richard Holbrooke’s widow, on her November 28 op-ed in The New York Times.  In his letter, Bassuener agrees with Marton’s central thesis that the US has effectively disengaged and that the EU is not addressing BiH’s fundamental problems, as well as proposing that America take initiative in bringing Germany on-side for a more honest and constructive approach to put Bosnian politicians on the spot.
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The Future of NATO and EU integration of the Western Balkans: Is there Still a Role for the US? Washington DC, November 25, 2013
04 December 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:
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Energy Security as a Security Challenge in Southeast Europe?, Alt Madlitz/ Germany, October 15-18, 2013
04 December 2013 18 October 2013 • DPC Senior Associate 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.
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European Voice OpEd - Merkel can do well by doing good in Bosnia
04 December 2013 26 September 2013 • DPC Senior Associates Kurt Bassuener and Bodo Weber publish an OpEd in the European Voice in which they argue that Germany’s newly re-elected chancellor Angela Merkel has a chance to force progress in Bosnia, as she did in Kosovo.
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Kurt Bassuener publishes article “Catalyst for Change: Bosnia and Herzegovina’s Downward Spiral and the Need for U.S. and German Leadership”
30 June 2012 DPC Senior Associate’s most recent article explains the political downward spiral in Bosnia-Herzegovina and advocates for both U.S. and German leadership to overcome the long term structural political and institutional crisis in the country. The article is published in the edited volume Unfinished Business: The Western Balkans and the International Community.
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Catalyzing Democratic Change in Bosnia
04 September 2012 Sarajevo-based Senior Associate Kurt Bassuener publishes article for Council for a Community of Democracies “Catalyzing Democratic Change in Bosnia – The West Must Enforce Dayton to Make It History”. - The article, which was republished in Bosnia Daily on September 11, 2012, advocates recognition of the political incentives in the Dayton system as the real impediment to a democratic and functioning Bosnia and Herzegovina.
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Senior Associate Kurt Bassuener participates 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
05 September 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.
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Bodo Weber interview for Al Jazeera Balkan TV News
19 September 2012 DPC Senior Associate Bodo Weber comments for Al Jazeera Balkan TV on Croatian PM Zoran Milanović’s visit to Berlin, the impact of Slovenian-Croatian dispute over Ljubljanska Banka as well as the Croatian-Bosnian-Herzegovinian unresolved issue of a border agreement on Croatia’s perspective to join the European Union on July 1, 2013.
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Public discussion of new Beqe Cufaj novel, projekt@party moderated by Senior Associate Bodo Weber
27 September 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 Albanian author. Though a work of fiction, projekt@party is a critical account of Kosovo’s era of international administration under UNMIK, as well as more generally of international policy of statebuilding.
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