All posts tagged "Bosnia-Herzegovina"

  • Balkan jihadists in Syria still pretend to fight – but the reality is much harsher

    The recent social media activism by some alleged groups of foreign fighters from the Balkans operating in Syria is just another proof of the demise and the weakness of those European jihadists who joined ISIS and Al-Nusra....

    • Posted September 28, 2018
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  • The challenge of para-jamaats in Bosnia-Herzegovina

    Several issues are at the basis of the phenomenon of violent Islamist radicalisation in Bosnia-Herzegovina, and most of them go beyond the sphere of religion and spirituality. A dire economic situation, high unemployment especially among youth, disillusionment...

    • Posted June 20, 2018
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  • How stable is Bosnia’s instability?

    What exactly is happening in Bosnia? Since the end of the war in 1995, the former Yugoslav country has hardly witnessed a period of prolonged political calm, economic growth and proper state-building, with the three warring parties...

    • Posted April 25, 2018
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  • Serbia as the EU’s Western Balkan accession catalyst

    Those hoping for another wave of enlargement like that of 2004 will be sorely disappointed by the EU’s “enhanced” and “credible” enlargement perspective for the Western Balkans. Others are deeply concerned by the delineation of two front-runners,...

    • Posted February 12, 2018
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  • Bosnia: when poor governance meets returning jihadists

    A security crisis might – again – be in the making in the Western Balkans, with Bosnia- at its core. A series of established worrisome trends – poor governance, socio-economic apathy, high youth unemployment – is being...

    • Posted February 7, 2018
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  • Democracy in the Balkans: waiting for a new 1989? An interview with Jasmin Mujanović

    While not hitting the headlines as frequently as they used to, the Western Balkans still represent a flashpoint for Europe. Recurring authoritarian trends, incomplete democratisation processes, troublesome external influences and a fading EU perspective make the region...

    • Posted October 2, 2017
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  • Is Turkey’s influence in the Balkans a matter of concern?

    During his first years as Turkey’s leader, Recep Tayyip Erdogan spared no effort to re-establish his country’s areas of influence dating back from the Ottoman era. Such Neo-Ottoman foreign policy, who had in the former foreign minister...

    • Posted May 5, 2017
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  • Saudi investments in Bosnia: a gate to radicalisation?

    Saudi Arabia has a long history of involvement in Bosnia-Herzegovina. Since the war in the 1990s, Riyadh provided a massive flow of financial help, first straight to the struggling Bosnian government, then to a series of Saudi...

    • Posted April 14, 2017
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  • Making a virtue of Dayton’s external dimensions  

    On 9th January 2017, the Republika Srpska, one of Bosnia and Herzegovina’s two entities, marked its 25th Republic Day, despite the country’s constitutional court banning the celebrations due to their discriminatory elements (the day is also an...

    • Posted January 14, 2017
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  • Education in the Balkans – filling the Gulen vacuum?

    The trend Educational institutions connected to Fethullah Gulen, the US-based Muslim cleric, have aroused considerable attention since the attempted July 15 military coup, which Gulen and his followers are accused of orchestrating. Turkey’s president, Recep Tayyp Erdogan,...

    • Posted September 28, 2016
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