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The politics, practice and paradox of ‘ethnic security’ in Bosnia-Herzegovina

Bojicic-Dzelilovic, Vesna (2015) The politics, practice and paradox of ‘ethnic security’ in Bosnia-Herzegovina. Stability: International Journal of Security and Development, 4 (1). pp. 1-18. ISSN 2165-2627

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The international intervention in Bosnia- Herzegovina has intended to support conflict resolution by introducing territorial self- government and power sharing as the foundation for building a governance framework that provides for collective and individual security alignment over time. Instead, it has contributed to the ethnification of security whereby collective security in the form of an ethnified state remains at the forefront of political discourse and political practice. Social acceptance of ‘ethnified state’ as a guarantor of security, despite the fading reality of the ethnic threat in the peoples’ perceptions of what makes life insecure in post-war Bosnia- Herzegovina, has been actively manufactured by the country’s ethnic elites using the very institutional means put in place by the international intervention . The result is an ‘ethnic security paradox’ in which the idea of individual safety, linked to the protection of ethnic identity in the form of an ethnified state, unsettles both collective and individual security alike.

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Additional Information: © 2015 The Author © CC-BY-3.0
Divisions: European Institute
Conflict and Civil Society
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HT Communities. Classes. Races
H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare. Criminology
J Political Science > JA Political science (General)
Date Deposited: 19 Jan 2015 15:56
Last Modified: 20 Oct 2021 03:19

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