Milorad Dodik’s continuing efforts to remove the international judicial and security presence in Bosnia, along with calls for the secession of Republic Sprska and increasing Russian efforts to destabilize the country are concerning many, particularly nearby European Union (EU) member states.
On 3 November 2021, the United Nations (UN) Security Council voted unanimously to extend the EU-led multinational stabilization force for another year, as well as NATO Headquarters Sarajevo.
However, the role played by the Office of High Representative was absent from the outcome and leaves the implementation of civilian aspects emanating from the Dayton Accords in a position of uncertainty.
Against a background of ongoing troubles in the country and the growing proxy conflict between the West and Russia, the situation in Bosnia is worrying.
The expert panel discusses:
Why has the situation in Bosnia been allowed to deteriorate to such a condition?
What is Europe’s best solution to resolve issues in Bosnia and how is it acting to remedy them?
How have international efforts been hampered to support development in Bosnia?
What are Russia’s aims in the country?
Does US foreign policy recognize Bosnia as a strategic partner?
This event forms part of Chatham House’s work on Reinvigorating Multilateralism.