A Free City in the Balkans: Reconstructing a Divided Society by Matthew Parish

By Matthew Parish

Following the brutal wars which raged within the former Yugoslavia within the early Nineteen Nineties, Bosnia and Herzegovina used to be awkwardly partitioned into governing entities: the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina and Republika Srpska. yet there has been one a part of the rustic which may now not be equipped into both class: the Breko District, a strategically serious land-bridge among the 2 elements of the Bosnian Serb territory. This zone was once the topic of a hugely strange test: positioned less than a regime of across the world supervised executive, Breko turned a ""free city,"" evoking the reminiscence of Trieste or Danzig within the nineteenth century. What has this scan in state-building printed in regards to the heritage of this afflicted nook of the Balkans - and its destiny? What classes might be utilized to clash solution in different components of the area? And used to be the test profitable or have the electorate of Breko suffered extra by the hands of the foreign group? A unfastened urban within the Balkans investigates the increase and fall of Breko and post-war Bosnia and investigates what classes could be discovered for foreign peacekeeping missions elsewhere.

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OHR was always a creation of its funding commitments. The relative size of the financial and military contributions by the various European powers and the United States very much determined policy influence within the organisation’s walls. Russia, although formally a participant, never contributed significant resources and its influence in the organisation was minimal after the early years when it maintained some troops in Bosnia. By contrast, the United States contributed tens of thousands of peacekeeping troops in the early years and thus had an enormous say.

With the Cold War over, there were no more foreign markets for a Yugoslav armaments industry. Moreover, in an attempt to hold the SFRY together through economic means, Tito had deliberately located complimentary facilities in the arms production process in different Socialist Republics. After the war, these facilities could no longer cooperate due to political divisions (ESI 2004a). 32 A FREE CITY IN THE BALKANS 3. Map of the states existing in March 2008 that previously comprised the Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia.

OHR set its own rules in deciding how and when to act and changed them or broke them at will. Successive heads of the organisation had radically different ideas about when and how to intervene in the country’s domestic affairs; their visions went mostly unchecked and OHR’s actions thus became capricious. Bosnia became an absolutist dictatorship. But this power was not wielded by the President of Syria or the Politburo; it was exercised by the UN, in the name of enlightened post-war statebuilding.

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