Democracy & Development

The Past in the Present

Court for the Acquittal of War Crimes

Serbia's accountability for war crimes committed on the territories of Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, and even Serbia, is not subject to public discussion. According to that narrative, Serbia did not take part in the wars. Serbia, as we are told, has only participated in defensive wars. It has always been on the right side. Why would anyone then question this narrative? Why would anyone, including the judiciary, deal with this?

By Dejan Kožul

Eastern Europe 1968: "We Continue Where Our Parents Have Stopped" (podcast)

A podcast by Jutta Schwengsbier following Heinrich Boell Foundation's European Historical Forum in May 2018.

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Transparent Politics

Kosovo Election: A Crisis "Déjà Vu"

The simplest explanation for the outcome of the vote held on 11 June would be to use the title of a popular feature film from former Yugoslavia: Već viđeno (“Déjà vu”). After this latest snap election, the situation is so complicated that there is already an opinion prevailing that no solution can be found and that these results can with certainty lead only to a new snap parliamentary election.

By Ismet Hajdari
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Gender Democracy & Human Rights

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Urban Development

Capetown: Politics of Crisis, Crisis of Politics

Almost every museum in Cape Town which in some way covers the period of apartheid includes among its exhibits a wooden bench with a variant of the sign “Whites Only” on it. This is no surprise, because these benches are a very vivid reminder of the brutal racial segregation which lasted in South Africa up to the mid-1990s. However, I was somewhat amazed that, in Cape Town today, there are almost no public benches, so that, if you want to sit down somewhere and have a rest in the city centre, you have to buy a coffee, a juice or a sandwich.

By Marko Aksentijević

Watergate at Belgrade’s Sava Riverbank

Today, Belgrade is a city in which Aleksandar Vučić's ruling Serbian Progressive Party (SNS) has an absolute majority and bases its rule on the authoritarianism of a deep state, one that provides chances to its citizens or withholds them, at its own discretion.

By Milan Bogdanović
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Publications

A novel model for affordable, cooperative housing in Serbia

This brochure introduces a resident-driven approach that can help a substantial segment of the population to address these housing
needs. Based on the “smarter building” approach developed by Ko Gradi Grad (Who Builds the City), a flagship building is being
prepared to prove the concept.  

University Walls

In the landscape of Montenegrin higher education institutions, which are not leading the way in any segment of contemporary education, the lack of transparency is an additional cause for concern, especially taking into account an increasing trend of “raising walls” around universities. 
Thus far, there was no research of transparency of higher education institutions in Montenegro that could offer an overview of these institutions’ attitude towards transparency based on indicators, as well as of the availability of information on their websites, as the main source of such information to the public. Hence, this study has a twofold objective: to offer an overview of the current state of
affairs with regard to availability of information on university websites, and to provide the starting point for monitoring future progress.

Inception plus Ten

A decade ago, the elected representatives of the people of Kosovo gathered in an extraordinary session to declare the country independent and sovereign. One of the main arguments, which was continuously repeated throughout the process of resolving Kosovo’s political status, was that the country represented a unique case in world politics. What is the story of Kosovo’s statehood, ten years after independence? Starting from this very question, D4D has compiled this report that seeks to review the statehood with the help of hindsight. 

Democracy & Development

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Narratives in the Balkans - In the Combat Zone #6

Open confrontations in the post-Yugoslav wars gave the advocates of ethno-nationalist ideologies (and their users) plenty of experiences or "proof" which "confirmed" all previous fears and concerns: "they" (another ethnic collective) are "out to get us". The wartime period, as well as post-war years,  have been featured by spreading narratives which concretizes the abstract and empty ideology of ethnicity.

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