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Liberal Peace TransitionsBetween Statebuilding and Peacebuilding$
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Oliver P. Richmond and Jason Franks

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780748638765

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748638765.001.0001

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Bosnia: Between Partition and Pluralism1

Bosnia: Between Partition and Pluralism1

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(p.54) 2 Bosnia: Between Partition and Pluralism1
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Liberal Peace Transitions
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Oliver P. Richmond

Jason Franks

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Edinburgh University Press
DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9780748638765.003.0002

This chapter examines the effect of the Dayton Peace Accords by unpacking the components of liberal peacebuilding in Bosnia and questioning if the current situation is the result of a failure of liberal peace praxis. In particular, it explores the nature of the relationship between international (sovereign) governance, the national/local political leadership, and the Bosnian peoples, which is the site of a clear disconnect, if not a continuing struggle. It shows how this lack of cooperation is derailing liberal peacebuilding and the construction of a multi-ethnic and democratic state in Bosnia. The resultant political stalemate between nationalist groups, particularly in parliament, has led to a stagnation of the liberal statebuilding process. The result may see Bosnia left to fester in a virtual form of liberal peace with the causes of the conflict left unresolved amidst a chronic socio-economic crisis and a fragile security situation.

Keywords:   Dayton Peace Accords, liberal peacebuilding, Bosnia, international governance, political leadership, socio-economic crisis

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