Video Debates Digital | Tensions in Bosnia

Senad Pećanin: ‘It seems that all the Western Balkans have been set back to the 1990s’

In this new conversation with Debates on Europe's Carl Henrik Fredriksson, lawyer and journalist Senad Pećanin shares his analysis of the situation in Bosnia and Herzegovina, with Bosnian Serb leader Milorad Dodik threatening the unity of the multiethnic state created by the Dayton Agreement.

Published on 14 February 2022 at 16:30

Will Bosnia and Herzegovina break up? After threats of secession made by Bosnian Serb leader Milorad Dodik, a new conflict in the Balkans is looming. Bosnia is – together with Ukraine – the place where Europe’s future will be decided, says lawyer and journalist Senad Pećanin.

Joining Debates Digital from Sarajevo, he warns that Dodik’s threats are more than just rhetoric ahead of the general elections in October. The war that might ensue will not be contained within the borders of Bosnia – and yet it would be so easy to prevent, says Pećanin. But it would require decisive action by the EU.

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