Bosnia and Herzegovina

  • Denis Dragovic
Part of the Palgrave Studies in Compromise after Conflict book series (PSCAC)


Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) has been, to varying degrees, under the tutelage of international state builders since the General Framework Agreement for Peace (Dayton Peace Agreement) was signed on 14 December 1995 following nearly four years of war. Since then the international community has been involved in the establishment and maintenance of the state apparatus through various mechanisms including bilateral aid, development projects, mandated responsibilities, and, unusually considering the period of time, direct authority as is vested in the Office of the High Representative, other individuals and international organizations. This direct and continuous involvement by international state builders included engaging with religious institutions. But without much said or written on this topic and no scholarship to draw upon outreach to religious institutions was understandably ad hoc, embraced by some, eschewed by others. It is not surprising then that these efforts were described to me by religious leaders as insincere and thought to be largely public relations efforts. This book begins to respond to the ad hoc nature of the engagement by applying the framework I developed in Chapter 1 to build a better understanding of the potential role of religious institutions. In this section I draw upon this framework to consider how the particular structures and practices of two religious institutions in BiH, the Roman Catholic Church and the Islamic Community, could conceivably engage with the post-conflict statebuilding endeavour. In addition I reflect upon their theologies to suggest nuanced variations to the views on post-conflict statebuilding developed earlier and how these differences could impact their motivation in supporting the post-conflict statebuilding effort.1


Social Capital Religious Leader Public Security Religious Institution Church Leader 
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  • Denis Dragovic
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  1. 1.University of MelbourneAustralia

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