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Organised crime and corruption in and around South-Eastern Europe: trends and counter-efforts

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by Dr. Sappho Xenakis | ELIAMEP Thesis, October 2010

In the latest issue of ELIAMEP Thesis Dr. Sappho Xenakis suggests that with financial pressures weighing increasingly heavily on policy-making for national and non-state actors alike it now is a good time to evaluate the lessons of interventions against organised crime and corruption in South-Eastern Europe over the past two decades. After offering a review of trends in organised crime and corruption as well as of efforts to counter them, the paper distills the incipient debate over lessons to be learned for future policy-making in these areas. In particular, these lessons pertain to the relationship between local, national and international priorities and concerns, the appropriate configuration of evidence and expertise in policy-planning, and the proper geographical scope of remedial actions.

The Bosnian Hiatus: A Story of Misinterpretations

Date added: 12/27/2010
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By Goran Tirak

After seven years of debate, the decision to close the Office of the High Representative in Bosnia and Herzegovina (OHR), an international body overseeing the peace implementation in Bosnia, has not yet been implemented. Bosnia is a potential EU candidate, but the majority of member states do not consider Bosnia capable of negotiating membership with the Union while the OHR remains the supreme authority governing the country. However, there was never enough political will on behalf of any of the actors to bring about closure of the OHR.

This paper presents an overview of the different opinions that have been blocking this closure. In addition, it argues that Bosnia’s political structures have no genuine wish for the OHR to hand over ownership of the processes in the country, so they are creating crises to prevent the closure of the OHR. Finally, the paper examines the EU’s role in these processes, and the implications of the inability of the EU27 to reach consensus on Bosnia.

This paper in Bosnian.


Goran Tirak is an analyst at Bosnian think tank Populari, and a visiting Research Fellow at CEPS.

High expectations, limited resources: The bottlenecks of EU civilian crisis management in Kosovo

Date added: 12/06/2010
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The Finnish Institute of International Affairs

The EU Rule of Law Mission, EULEX Kosovo, is the biggest and the most expensive operation ever conducted under the CSDP. It was warmly welcomed by the Kosovo population in 2008, but it has proved difficult for the EU to live up to the high expectations.

EULEX suffers from a number of political constraints, as not all EU member states have recognized the independence of Kosovo.

International coordination in Kosovo is particularly complicated as the international actors live in parallel realities when it comes to the status of Kosovo: some recognize its independence, some do not, and others are status neutral.

EULEX also suffers from slow procurement procedures, as well as from inadequate recruitment policies.

Constant evaluation shows that the Kosovo rule of law institutions are steadily developing under EULEX monitoring and mentoring, but in key areas such as the judiciary and the fight against organized crime the progress is slow.

Western Balkans Policy Review 2010

Date added: 12/06/2010
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A Report of the CSIS Lavrentis Lavrentiadis Chair in Southeast European Studies

The Western Balkans Policy Review is planned as an annual publication to monitor and assess developments in the eastern part of Europe and provide recommendations for policy initiatives by Western governments and multinational institutions. The talented authors recruited for this initial volume have differing perspectives and prescriptions for the region; their opinions are as diverse as Balkan achievements and problems. Of note, the views they express are entirely their own and not necessarily those of any employer, organization, or group with which they may be affiliated.

Washington, D.C.
August 2010

Balkans 2010

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Report of an Independent Task Force

Sponsored by the Council on Foreign Relations
Center for Preventive Action

Edward C. Meyer, Chair
William L. Nash, Project Director

The end of the Cold War enabled long-suppressed ethnic and religious conflicts to reemerge.Nowhere was the virus of militant ethnic nationalism more deadly than in the Balkans. Though too late to prevent the outbreak of violence in the former Yugoslavia, America and its allies ultimately played an indispensable role stopping atrocities, mediating agreements, and creating conditions for sustainable peace. After more than a decade of extensive involvement, the international community is looking to wind down its commitment in the Balkans.