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Peace as War

Bosnia-Herzegovina Post-Dayton

The book is about the peace implementation process in Bosnia-Herzegovina viewed, or interpreted reasonably, as a continuation of war by other means. Twenty years after the beginning of the Dayton peace accords, we need to summarize the results: the author shares the general agreement in public opinion, according to which the process is a failure.

Pehar presents a broad, yet sufficiently detailed, view of the entire peace agreement implementation that preserves 'the state of war,' and thus encourages the war-prone attitudes in the parties to the agreement. He examines the political and narratological underpinnings to the process of the imposed international (predominantly USA) interpretation of the Dayton constitution and peace treaty as a whole. The key issue is the – perhaps only semi-consciously applied – divide ut imperes strategy. After nearly twenty years, the peace in document was not translated into a peace on the ground because, with regard to the key political and constitutional issues and attitudes, Bosnia remains a deeply divided society.

The book concludes that the international supervision served a counter-purpose: instead of correcting the aberration and guarding the meaning that was originally accepted in the Dayton peace treaty, the supervision approved the aberration and imposed it as a new norm under the clout of 'the power of ultimate interpretation.'

About the Author

Dražen Pehar is a Croatian-Bosnian political scientist, university lecturer, and public commentator.


"The book explains how both the legal and political frameworks that define the current existence of Bosnia and Hercegovina have been formed and fashioned in such a way that perpetuating conflict appears almost inevitable. The author, going through a study of legal issues first and following up with a discussion of the political interests of all the actors, both domestic and international, explains that BiH rests firmly mired in a state of war characterized by, at the present moment, an absence of open conflict. Throughout the course of the work, Pehar explains why this state of affairs benefits both local and international actors. The logic behind the author's claims and contentions is meticulous, clear and compelling. Pehar manages not only to account for conditions in Bosnia and Hercegovina, but delves into social philosophy and addresses critics of his earlier works. The impact of this exercise is not only to add to the analytical work on BiH, but to contribute to methodological and theoretical debates."—Stan Markotich
Central European University Press

9789633863022 : peace-as-war-pehar
300 Pages
$85.00 USD

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