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.

Dispute over Serbia’s course

Will Serbia continue to justify internal authoritarianism by its steps towards the stabilization of the Balkans, or will Serbia even switch to conflict? President Nikolić seems to be in favor of conflict:

By Andreas Poltermann

Serbia and NATO

Countries applying for accession to the European Union also have to deal with the Union‘s Common Foreign and Security Policy, and eventually adopt it. This currently implies taking up a position on the annexation of Crimea which occurred contrary to international law, and on the war in eastern Ukraine, which is a difficult task for the Serbian Government.

Patriotism and Systemic Plunder

For a long time corruption in Serbia has been linked to patriotism. Today it is tackled in a very problematic “patriotic” way.

By Andreas Poltermann, Tanja Nikolić Đaković

State crime in Dubrava prison

For years now, the massacre from May 1999 in Dubrava prison in Kosovo has been considered “the next big case” of Serbian war crimes…

By Milica Jovanović

What is to be concluded from the recent verdicts of the ICTY?

For a couple of days following the acquittals of Croatian Generals Gotovina and Markač and Kosovar KLA units’ leader Haradinaj, various reactions caused for turmoil in the region – torrents of bitter statements from the Serbian side and euphoric outbursts in Croatia and Kosovo, respectively.

By Sonja Biserko, Nataša Kandić, Vesna Rakić Vodinelić, Staša Zajović, Milan Antonijević, Drago Kovačević , Vesna Teršelić, Bekim Blakaj

Publications

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.

Beton International Vol. 2

Seventy years after the end of World War II and the historical defeat of fascism, what is the state of “the heritage of antifascism“ in Europe?

The Past in the Present

The past is not dead, it is not even past. The countries of the Balkans still suffer from the crimes against humanity, war crimes and predatory privatizations perpetrated during and since the 1990s”. It is urgently necessary to unravel unsolved cases through research and investigative journalism that fosters transitional justice.

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