Bosnia’s Political Landmines

Bosnias Political Landmines

This report, which I co-authored with Hugh Griffiths, was quite controversial when it came out in 2006 and stirred a lot of strong feelings.  While I have since refined some of the less sophisticated statistical methods used in this report, I still stand by its general conclusions.

The report showed how, over a particular period, widespread ignorance of these political concerns had serious effects in Bosnia, where certain companies took advantage of the weak rule of law. As a result it suggests that corners may have been cut, lives put at risk and a significant portion of mine action funds appropriated by criminal-nationalist networks. Such outcomes were not in the best interests of Bosnia’s peace process.

Things have improved considerably in the Bosnian mine action program since the time this report focuses on.  So it should not really be read as an indictment of current Bosnian demining. Rather the intention is to help demining professionals learn from the mistakes made in one particular country, in one particular time.

Read it here.

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~ by Matthew Bolton on 28 July 2008.

2 Responses to “Bosnia’s Political Landmines”

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  2. […] reversing ethnic cleansing. Nonetheless, this has not been a straightforward process — my research in Bosnia showed that the removal of mines has sometimes played into nationalist efforts to stymie and […]

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