“More than two decades after Bosnia and Herzegovina gained its independence following the bloody dissolution of Yugoslavia, the government there is facing yet another looming political crisis, and the West appears to be doing little to stop it.
At issue is an electoral law impasse that’s a symptom of a weak constitution that was never meant to govern a country for a significant period of time, with political power brokers who have no incentive to resolve the crisis and four foreign countries clamoring for influence.
In 1995, the Dayton Accords put a stop to the three-and-a-half-year war in the Balkans, and Bosnia still uses Annex 4 of the accords as its constitution.
Under that constitution, all places at all levels of government are allocated by affiliation to one of three groups: Croat, Bosniak, or Serb. The country, since the end of the war in Bosnia, has been divided into two federal entities. One is the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina, populated primarily by Bosniaks and Bosnian Croats. The other is Republika Srpska, whose president is currently Bosnian Serb Milorad Dodik, a onetime Western darling now flirting with secession.” (Foreign Policy)
“U.S. Rep. Claudia Tenney discussed the political and social challenges facing Bosnia and Herzegovina in southeast Europe with Josip Brkić, the country’s deputy minister of foreign affairs, her office announced Thursday.
Tenney, R-New Hartford, met with Brkić, Embassy Political Affairs Counselor Saša Kragulj and two representatives from the National Federation of Croatian Americans: President Steve Rukavina and Public Affairs Director Joe Foley.
According to Tenney’s office, the continued need for the westernization of new nation-states in the Western Balkans were among the issues the group discussed.
Tenney said in a statement ‘it was an honor’ to meet with Brkić.” (Observer Dispatch)
‘I spent three summers in the 1980s studying in the former Yugoslavia, and worked for the Consulate General of Yugoslavia in New York City during the 1984 Sarajevo Olympics,’ Tenney said. ‘These experiences have given me a unique insight into the many opportunities for bilateral growth between our countries and greater peace and stability in the region.'” (Tenney House of Representatives Press Release)”
“Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim recalled this morning’s reception in Sarajevo of Turkey’s cooperation, as NATO members, with two forces from the United States and Russia, noting that these relations can greatly help Bosnia and Herzegovina.
Yildirim explained Turkish relations with the United States, and especially with the Russian Federation, pointing out that it is dangerous for the great powers to drag other countries into their antagonisms with other powers.
‘Turkey’s relationship with the United States goes far in the past, sometimes we have disagreements and sometimes very good relations, they used some terrorist groups against which we fought for the war in Syria, but America has come closer to our position. disputes are temporary,’ Yildirim said.
On the other hand, Yildirim noted that their relations with Russia are very good.
‘Our relations with Russia can also increase mutual cooperation with this region, and we want to have good relations with the United States and Russia. Adoption of the MAP could cause some instability in BiH, as the Serb side wants to do this. in that sense, support BiH,’ fYildirim said at a reception this morning at Sarajevo’s Bristol Hotel.” (translated from Klix)