How Richard Holbrooke Represented America’s Best and Worst Impulses
On the podcast: George Packer, in conversation with Stephen M. Walt, on America’s long-serving diplomat.
Once Upon a Time, Americans Believed in America
A new biography of Richard Holbrooke is a portrait of an era when the United States was at the center of the world—and assumed it should be.
The Butcher of Bosnia on Trial
On the podcast: A film on the war in Bosnia probes the psychology of genocide and justice.
Journalists Are Living in Fear in Republika Srpska
Bosnia has a thriving media sector, but those who refuse to become mouthpieces for the government increasingly find themselves in exile or under police protection.
In Bosnia, a Migrant Way Station Is Becoming a Winter Prison
For years, the country remained untouched by the global migrant crisis, but now, even in a place where many people were once refugees, tensions are on the rise.
Don’t Let Ethiopia Become the Next Yugoslavia
Federations of ethnonational states can become explosive during moments of political liberalization. Abiy Ahmed must tread carefully to avoid a Balkan nightmare.
One of Bosnia’s New Presidents May Want to Break the Country Apart
Dodik campaigned on independence for Republika Srpska. Will Putin help him get his way?
Putin Is Building a Bosnian Paramilitary Force
With elections approaching in October, Russia has ramped up its support for Bosnia's Serb separatists.
In Bosnia, Forgetting Could Mean a Brighter Future
The debate over whether to build an official memorial to Sarajevo's Romeo and Juliet, murdered in 1993, exposes the pain and peril of dwelling on the past.
Erdogan Is Making the Ottoman Empire Great Again
Turkey is leveraging tradition to expand its power in Europe — but the history cuts both ways.
Bosnia Is Teetering on the Precipice of a Political Crisis
Should the United States be trying to stop it?
There Are No Real ‘Safe Zones’ and There Never Have Been
Recent history shows that Secretary of State Rex Tillerson’s plan to create “interim zones of stability” in Syria won’t actually help save civilian lives.
Let Us Imagine How Melania Trump’s Bosnian Shoemaker Who Couldn’t Make the Inauguration Is Spending the Week
Walking, for a moment, in the shoemaker's shoes.
Around the World in 40 Books
Headed to Rio, Paris, or Cape Town this summer? We asked distinguished writers and thinkers to pick their favorite books about 20 of the world’s great cities.
Bosnian Man: I Will Kill Myself if Slovenia Does Not Pay Back Its Debt
Slovenia owes Bosnians a lot of money. But threatening suicide on the roof of a government building might not be what prompts it to pay up.
Criminal in the Hague, but Not in Republika Srpska
The autonomous Serbian government in Bosnia is questioning the war crimes verdict against its former president.
Radovan Karadzic and the (Very) Long Arc of Justice
It has been more than two decades since the “Butcher of Bosnia” committed his crimes. Why was he convicted only now?
When a Serbian Warlord Celebrates His Escape from Justice, He Burns EU Flags
Despite overseeing the torture, sexual assault, and deaths of hundreds of civilians, Vojislav Seselj is still on the lam.
Dayton Ain’t Going Nowhere
The Dayton Agreement was meant to end a war, not govern a state. But now, 20 years later, Bosnia is still stuck with it.
The Bosnian War Cables
The 20th anniversary of the Dayton Peace Accords is a time to reflect on the power of American diplomacy. But it is also a time for a reckoning of America’s dismal diplomatic response to genocide in the heart of Europe.