Bosnia: Faking Democracy After Dayton by David Chandler

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Although both these military and economic strategies have been important in shaping the Bosnian environment, they are not as pertinent to the democratisation discussion as policies specifically targeted at the political sphere. The policies being experimented with in Bosnia, which are considered in the following chapters – the institutionalisation of minority representation, the protection of human rights, the promotion of political pluralism, and civil society construction – are all either extensions of established mechanisms of democratisation assistance or under consideration for broader application internationally.

211). Paul Hirst and DEMOCRATISATION 23 Grahame Thompson argue that conflict between the major powers is impossible because of the nuclear threat, which has meant that ‘lesser states’ are the remaining threat to world peace, particularly as they are more likely to engage in ‘the politics of losers’, inwardlooking nationalism and cultural fundamentalism (1996, pp. 178–80). It seems that while, in the advanced states of the West, there is no danger of petty national interests leading to conflicts, in other parts of the world, states are yet to reach this level of development.

11) Portrayed as an irrational ethnic struggle, the political motivation of actors in the region and the interrelationship between external factors, such as the fragmentation of the Yugoslav state and international intervention, and the Bosnian factions was often ignored (Chandler, 2000). Moral condemnation replaced rational explanation as leading experts wrote that all sides, although mainly the Serbs, committed ‘unspeakable cruelty’ and that ‘ethnic cleansing’ 32 BOSNIA was the ‘organising principle of state and society’ in a direct challenge to ‘the fundamental values of the pluralist democracies on both sides of the Atlantic’ (ICoB, 1996, p.

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