In keeping with yesterday’s announcement of two forthcoming guest-postings on the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), I am now very happy to inform TN readers of another upcoming double-header on Bosnia. Given that Bosnia has been fairly extensively treated in these pages to date, a little less background explanation may be necessary. Nevertheless, in light of the central role that Bosnia has played in shaping the human rights discourse around property restitution and the return of the displaced, I expect interest is likely to be high.
First, second time TN blogger and former OSCE colleague Massimo Moratti previously weighed in on the longer-term significance of the 1998-2003 restitution process in Bosnia. He now returns to comment on some of the themes raised in a recent article by Professor Megan J. Ballard that I referenced in a posting on the Pinheiro Principles last November.
Meanwhile, Professor Gerard Toal is new to TN but not to Bosnia. On his own and together with Carl Dahlman, Dr. Toal has written a series of articles on both the legacy of ethnic cleansing in Bosnia and the consequences – anticipated and unanticipated – of international efforts to reverse it. For the record, he is a geographer, like his fellow upcoming guest-blogger Jon Unruh and myself (in a former life).
In his post, Dr. Toal will describe in brief some of the conclusions of the forthcoming book he authored with Mr. Dahlman, ‘Bosnia Remade’. He has also started a blog meant to facilitate discussions of the broader issues raised in the book:
The Bosnia Remade web site is an online resource for those interested in debating the themes explored in the book. The web site, however, is about more than the book. Its about the large-scale macro processes that have remade the settlement geography of Bosnia-Herzegovina over the last two decades. The web site will provide links to international scholars working in particular localities in Bosnia-Herzegovina. But it is also a way in which the large number of international officials who have served in Bosnia-Herzegovina can get in touch with students and scholars studying the past and current effort to reconstruct and rebuild Bosnia-Herzegovina as a stable and viable state.