General Election 2014 and the Protests in Bosnia: Is Change Possible?

The U.S. Institute of Peace and Emerging Democracies Institute co-hosted a public discussion with experts examining whether the ongoing protests in Bosnia and Herzegovina cause concern for the upcoming elections.

Bosnia and Herzegovina is in the deepest political crisis since the Dayton Peace Agreement ended the war in 1995. Years of political deadlock, dire economic conditions including an unemployment rate hovering above 44 percent, and growing impatience by citizens with their political leaders, fueled violent protests across the country and led a number of government officials to resign.

edi logoThe constitutional structure designed in Dayton succeeded in ending the war but its critics argue that it has prevented the country from developing beyond wartime divisions. Noted experts on the region examined on April 2, 2014 whether the recent wave of protests will impact the election and whether meaningful change within present constitutional structures is possible.

This event featured the following speakers:

Reuf Bajrovic, Discussant
President, Emerging Democracies Institute

Milada Vachudova, Discussant
Associate Professor, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Darko Brkan, Discussant
President, Zasto ne

Renata Stuebner, Moderator
Senior Program Specialist, U.S. Institute of Peace