More than a decade after the war’s end, Bosnia and Herzegovina may once more be on the brink of conflict.
The 1992-1995 war in Bosnia left approximately 100,000 dead and divided Muslim, Serb and Croat communities.
Though the U.S.-brokered Dayton peace agreement brought an end to the war, the country remains divided, and officials worry that the peace agreement could soon collapse.
In late May, U.S. Vice President Joseph Biden visited Bosnia and voiced concerns, saying “To be very blunt with you, I personally, and the leadership of my country is worried…about the direction of your country and your future.”
Worldfocus.org’s weekly radio show explored the roots of conflict and Bosnia’s fragile peace, looking at life on the ground in the tension-filled country.
Worldfocus anchor Martin Savidge hosted a panel of guests:
Nenad Pejic is the Prague-based associate director of broadcasting for Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty. He has been the director of the South Slavic and Albanian Language Broadcast Service, and has worked as a Belgrade correspondent for Sarajevo Television.
Sarah Meharg is a senior researcher at the Pearson Peacekeeping Centre in Ottawa City, Canada. She has worked with the Canadian, American, and NATO forces through her research. Her most recent book, “Measuring What Matters in Peace Operations and Crisis Management,” focuses on the effectiveness of the international community’s peace operations.
Srecko Latal currently writes for the Balkan Insight think tank. He worked for the Associated Press as as the bureau chief during the Bosnian war. A multi-ethnic native of Sarajevo, Srecko has also worked for the European Union and the World Bank.
Host: Martin Savidge
Producers: Lisa Biagiotti, Katie Combs and Nicole E. Foster