Bosnia-Hercegovina – the crumbling Balkan keystone

Bosnia-Hercegovina is a state that was designed not to function. The Constitutional order established by the Dayton Accord of 1995 has proved unworkable; it leaves Bosnia neither truly unified nor fully partitioned. As in recent years international interest in, and support for Bosnia-Hercegovina has waned, so Bosnian Serb secessionism and Muslim discontent have increased. The stage is set for a new Bosnian crisis whose outcome will determine the future of the Balkans. Marko Attila Hoare is Reader at the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, Kingston University, specialising in the history of the former Yugoslavia. He has published three books so far: The History of Bosnia(Saqi, London, 2007);Genocide and Resistance in Hitler’s Bosnia (Oxford University Press, London 2006); and How Bosnia Armed (Saqi, London, 2004).