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EU and US neglect will encourage Bosnia’s nationalists

Tuesday, September 7, 2021

Significance

Bosnian Serb representatives are boycotting state institutions over the genocide law imposed by departing High Representative Valentin Inzko. Their leader, Milorad Dodik, is using it to promote his separatist message, which is inflaming inter-ethnic tensions and pitching Western and Eastern powers against each other.

Impacts

  • Facing waning influence and elections in 2022, Bosnia’s nationalists would rather deepen divisions than bridge them.
  • The crisis is a difficult challenge for the United States and EU, and an opportunity for Russia, China and Turkey.
  • Without a BiH Council of Ministers decision by end-September to extend temporary funding, state institutions may not pay salaries.
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