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Bosnia, the Challenge to Install Democracy

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Miriam Rabkin specialises in international relations and has worked as a democratisation consultant for the OSCE in Sarajevo, Bosnia-Herzegovina.
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Credit : Lene Juul-Madsen*
The conflict in Bosnia was brought to an end by forced international intervention -mostly American- which resulted with the Dayton Peace Agreement, signed on December 14th, 1995. Bosnia was placed under stronger international supervision, becoming a sort of experiment for post-war reconstruction. A High Representative was established with wide-ranging powers to intervene on both political and economical levels where the situations are deemed critical. Several international organizations, such as the OSCE, UNHCR, and NATO, took on the daunting roles of repairing the war damage, trying to install democracy and security in Bosnia.
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