Wider Europe, Fall 2011
October 21, 2011
A Warning for Bosnia
Excerpt "An insightful report just released by the U.S.-based Democratization Policy Council and the Sarajevo-based Atlantic Initiative issues a stern warning about renewed ethnic violence in Bosnia. The authors, who are seasoned Balkan analysts, are not predicting imminent violence, but their warnings need to be heeded by international actors who assume that the current status quo can last indefinitely."
Lithuania's OSCE Chairmanship
Excerpt: "During 2011 Lithuania is chairing the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), the world's largest regional security organization. It is the first time a small Baltic country was trusted with such a responsible and demanding position.
There has been much criticism questioning Lithuania’s readiness to organize the work of the OSCE. Critics argued that the country’s lack of experience made it unable to fully handle such a responsibility. Others argued that the fulfillment of commitment requires high spending, which would become a burden to Vilinius’s already tight budget. And finally, most of the doubts focused around the possible gains and losses: in the event that Lithuania should fail in its OSCE commitments it would adversely affect its prestige and credibility in the eyes of the international community."