Bringing people back in: Grassroots approach to peace in Bosnia-Nerzegovina

Evans-Kent, B. (2002) Bringing people back in: Grassroots approach to peace in Bosnia-Nerzegovina. Journal of Internatioal Relations and Development, 5 3: 295-310.

Author Evans-Kent, B.
Title Bringing people back in: Grassroots approach to peace in Bosnia-Nerzegovina
Journal name Journal of Internatioal Relations and Development   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1408-6980
Publication date 2002
Sub-type Article (original research)
Volume 5
Issue 3
Start page 295
End page 310
Total pages 16
Editor Zlatko Sabic
Maja Bucar
Place of publication Slovenia
Publisher University of Ljubljana, Faculty of Social Sciences
Collection year 2002
Language eng
Subject C1
360105 International Relations
780106 Political science and public policy
1606 Political Science
Abstract Peacemaking in Bosnia-Herzegovina is a controversial subject that engaged the political energies of the international community for several years without resolution. While international efforts at peacemaking warrant a critique in their own right, the assumptions that lie behind popular perceptions of peacemaking must also be examined. This article explores the proposition that the promotion of multi-ethnic contact between Bosnian people is at least as important as elections or the reconstruction of political institutions. Indeed, the restoration and development of inter-ethnic relationships, especially at grassroots level, is essential for the establishment of sustainable peace. This article thus focuses on the roles of NGOs (Non-governmental organisations) active at the grassroots level in Bosnia, such as the Centre for Drama Education in Mostar, Project Firefly in Brcko, and the CARE Welcome Project in Sarajevo, which represent a grassroots form of peacemaking that incorporates local knowledge and understandings of the conflict within peace projects.
Keyword Peace
Elites approach
Grassroots approach
Inter-ethnic relations
Non-governmental organisations (NGOs)
United Nations (UN)
Q-Index Code C1

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Sub-type: Article (original research)
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