Bosnia After Dayton: Nationalist Partition and International Intervention

Hardcover | September 15, 2002

bySumantra Bose

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Since 1996, Bosnia and Herzegovina has been the site of a remarkable project of political engineering. A complex consortium of international agencies backed by Western governments have been transforming a devastated, ethnically partitioned, post-war territory into a multiethnic, democratic andeconomically viable state. Despite an enormous investment of personnel and resources, six years later BiHs post-Yugoslav future remains tenuous. Did the engineering project work? In an era when countries from Somalia to Afghanistan are confronting questions of state legitimacy amidst international intervention, Bosnia after Dayton is a fascinating study in the dilemmas of the post-Cold War international order. How effective are international peace-building interventions infractured states? Is the preservation of a multinational state desirable--or even possible--where the majority of citizens only reluctantly acknowledge its legitimacy? Drawing on the authors extensive field experience, this book takes a hard look at the issues that Bosnia continues to face. Juxtaposing big-picture analysis with an intimate knowledge of the region, Bose situates the international community's extensive program of state-building and democratizationin BiH since the Dayton Peace Agreement in the context of Bosnia's and the former Yugoslavia's complex historical legacy of coexistence and conflict. Bose tells the gripping story of the divided city of Mostar, and analyzes the institutional structure and process of Dayton Bosnia. He dissects themaking of the Dayton peace accords through American-led coercive diplomacy, and provides a constructive critique of international peace-building. A fascinating study of democratization in a divided society, this book promises to be a landmark in the literatures on former Yugoslavia, and international intervention.

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Since 1996, Bosnia and Herzegovina has been the site of a remarkable project of political engineering. A complex consortium of international agencies backed by Western governments have been transforming a devastated, ethnically partitioned, post-war territory into a multiethnic, democratic andeconomically viable state. Despite an enorm...

Sumantra Bose is a member of the comparative politics faculty in the Department of Government, London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE). A specialist on conflict and democratization in divided societies, he has published extensively in that field, especially on the Kashmir question and the India-Pakistan conflict.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:352 pages, 5.71 × 8.39 × 1.3 inPublished:September 15, 2002Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0195158482

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"A rare book of balance and insight into the complex internal and external relationships of Bosnian politics which deserves to be widely read...seeks to learn the lessons and limitations of this engineering process." - - lobal Review of Ethnopolitics