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Open newsletter – february 21, 2022

from: Al Jazeera, Asia Times, Corriere della Sera, East Asia Forum, Euractiv, Global Times, Reuters, RFE RL, RUSI, TASS, The Interpreter, The Strategist  AFGHANISTAN The United Nations children’s agency says it will pay Afghan teachers a monthly stipend for at least two months. Salaries have been unpaid for months as the country plunged into economic crisis due […]

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Bosnia’s next crisis (Carl Bildt, Project-Syndicate, The Strategist)

The Russian threat to Ukraine isn’t the only potential crisis in Eastern Europe this year. Bosnia and Herzegovina is heading for a period of deep political turmoil, with a key election scheduled for October. Bosnia has never been an uncomplicated place. In the late 19th and early 20th centuries, it generated one crisis after another, […]

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MEPs accuse EU official of supporting Serb secession (Al Jazeera)

European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen is being asked to investigate an EU official’s alleged role in assisting Bosnian Serb leader Milorad Dodik’s separatist escalation in Bosnia and Herzegovina. In a letter addressed to von Der Leyen released on Wednesday, members of the European Parliament (MEPs) wrote that a leaked document suggests that EU […]

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Ethnic Serbs Celebrate Republika Srpska Day Despite Ban By Bosnia Court (RFE RL)

Ethnic Serbs in Bosnia-Herzegovina’s Serb-dominated entity celebrated what they call their “national day” holiday, which the country’s top court has twice declared unconstitutional. Ethnic Serbs Celebrate Republika Srpska Day Despite Ban By Bosnia Court (rferl.org)

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Bosnian Serbs hold nationalist celebration despite ban, sanctions (Al Jazeera)

Bosnian Serbs have held public celebrations to mark their autonomous Serb Republic’s national holiday, defying a top court’s ban of the commemoration and US sanctions slapped on their leader Milorad Dodik this week. The January 9 holiday commemorates the date in 1992 when Bosnian Serbs declared the creation of their own state in Bosnia and […]

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Germany Pulls Plan To Honor Israeli Holocaust Historian Over Srebrenica Comments (RFE RL)

The German government has scrapped plans to award the country’s highest honor to an Israeli Holocaust historian due criticism about his work on genocide in Bosnia-Herzegovina. German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier had planned to present the Order of Merit to Gideon Greif, but the presidential office and Foreign Ministry said they would review the plans for […]

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Widening Cracks in Bosnia-Herzegovina and Dodik’s Russian Mission (Margarita Assenova, The Jamestown Foundation)

Emboldened by Moscow and Belgrade, Milorad Dodik, the Bosnian Serbs leader in Bosnia-Herzegovina, followed on his October announcement that Republika Srpska (Serb Republic) would start withdrawing from shared state institutions, including the army, judiciary, tax system and security services (RTV, December 10). On December 10, the Serb entity’s national assembly voted to begin the process, […]

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Bosnia Arrests Five More War Crimes Suspects As Sweep Continues (RFE RL)

The Investigation and Protection Agency of Bosnia-Herzegovina (SIPA) says five former soldiers have been arrested in Sarajevo for committing crimes against Serb civilians who were prisoners of war between 1992 and 1994 during the Bosnian War. SIPA said in a statement on December 7 that at least eight civilians were killed and more than 100 injured by […]

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U.S. Envoy For Bosnian Election Reform Seeks ‘Limited, Targeted’ Constitutional Change (RFE RL)

A special U.S. envoy for election reform in Bosnia-Herzegovina has told RFE/RL’s Balkan Service ahead of a trip to the region that Washington sees “limited, targeted constitutional change” as a key aspect of a reform push ahead of elections next year. U.S. Envoy For Bosnian Election Reform Seeks ‘Limited, Targeted’ Constitutional Change (rferl.org)

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Bosnia Opens Modern Migrant Camp After Outcry Over Humanitarian Crisis (RFE RL)

A new migrant center capable of registering up to 1,500 people opened in Bosnia-Herzegovina on November 19, following heavy criticism about how the Balkan country treated asylum-seekers trying to reach the European Union. The new, organized Lipa camp, in the northwestern Krajina region, replaces a makeshift camp destroyed in a fire last December, leaving hundreds […]

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U.S. Diplomat Due In Bosnia Amid Serbian Threats To Withdraw From Institutions (RFE RL)

A U.S. diplomat is scheduled to hold meetings in Sarajevo amid growing concerns that the Serbian-majority entity that makes up part of Bosnia-Herzegovina could secede from the Balkan country. U.S. Deputy Assistant Secretary of State Gabriel Escobar will head to the Bosnian capital on November 7, days after the top international official in the country […]

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Top U.S. Diplomat Heads To Bosnia Amid Threats Of Serbs’ Secession (RFE RL)

The U.S. administration is sending a top diplomat to Sarajevo amid growing concerns that the Serbian-majority entity that makes up part of Bosnia-Herzegovina could secede from the rest of the Balkan country. U.S. Deputy Assistant Secretary of State Gabriel Escobar will arrive in the Bosnian capital on November 7, days after the top international official […]