INCORE guide to Internet sources on conflict in Bosnia-Hercegovina
Compiled by Tanaz Khambatta (August 2004)
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John R. Borchert Map Library
A great source that provides a compilation of various general, detailed, political, and thematic maps from a variety of sources. Please note that you will have to scroll down to the bottom of the page to find the links relevant to Bosnia.
Perry- Castañeda Library Map Collection at the University of Texa - Maps of Bosnia
The collection includes general, detailed, and various political maps of Bosnia (e.g. Bosnia and Herzegovina Areas of Responsibility for SFOR). The collection also includes thematic maps, as well as maps of the former Yugoslavia and the Balkans region.
ReliefWeb - Bosnia and Herzegovina
A project of the United Nations Department of Humanitarian Affairs (UNDHA). Website provides a compilation of useful maps from different sources (listed below each map heading). Provides links to general, political, and situational maps of Bosnia and Herzegovina (e.g. location of refugees and displaced people), as well as a Balkans interactive map.
http://www.reliefweb.int ........ (545)
UN Systems Website - Map of Bosnia and Herzegovina
Provides a fairly detailed map of Bosnia and Herzegovina—can only be viewed as a PDF file.
News Sources - Email Lists
ABYZ News Links - Bosnia and Hercegovina
A useful source that provides links to several different types of news organizations broadly categorized by national and foreign Bosnia and Hercegovina newspapers and news media and local Bosnia and Hercegovina newspapers and news media. The website also lists the language that the media is published in.
Alternativna Televizija (ATV
Provides brief news blurbs about events going on in Bosnian cities and around the world.
BBC News - Country Profile: Bosnia-Hercegovina
Provides a general country profile, as well an overview of politics, government, and media in Bosnia. The website also links to the major press, television, radio, and news agencies. The links to “Timeline: Bosnia” and “Timeline: Hunting Radovan Karadzic” are particularly interesting.
Please note that this page was last updated in May 2004—a more up-to-date version than the one listed may become available.
BBC News - History Profile, Yugoslavia
Website provides a timeline briefly detailing the “shape” of “Yugoslavia” from 1900-2003. Click on any of the years on the timeline to view a short description and map of “Yugoslavia” at that time.
Bosnia Action Coaltion
Provides a compilation of English-language news reports from and about Bosnia. Website has links to web-based news journal, “This Week in Bosnia-Hercegovina” (please note that the journal has ceased regular publication).
EIN News - Bosnia
A useful source that gives daily news from Bosnia and the surrounding area. Website provides a compilation of articles from various sources listed chronologically by date. The site also has an archive, as well as links to articles from specific sectors. These include: business and economy, government and politics, industry, and miscellaneous.
* Please note that some links lead to websites which require registration to access articles.
Offers news from the Bosniac/Bosniak (Bosnian Muslim) press, from the Serbian majority Republic of Srpska press, and from various Croatian periodicals published in Bosnia. To access these sources, click on the Bosnia-Hercegovina links on the left side of the webpage.
Federal News Agency/ Federalna Novinska Agencija (FENA)
State run news agency that provides recent political news from all over Bosnia. Also has an extensive archive of past news features.
Keston Institute - Bosnia
An institute that focuses on compiling “resources for the studies of communist countries and religious affairs.” The website provides links from a variety of news sources to many recent articles relating to Bosnia and the Balkans at large.
New York Times—Bosnia: Uncertain Paths to Peace
A photojournalism project that chronicled Bosnia's struggle for peace. Although the project was undertaken in 1996, the “interactive photo essay” and “resources for context” links are particularly useful.
*Please note that much of the information within the “resources for context” link is outdated, but still provides good background information.
Independent news agency that provides information on current issues in Bosnia in different news sectors (the specific sector is listed to the right of the article). Also has links to narrow topics—these include: All News, General, Business, and NGO and parties info.
OneWorld.net - Bosnia
Provides a compilation of news articles and working/position papers, documents, and reports from many international sources and organizations. Please note that some of these are not in the English language. To limit the search by language or topic, go to the light green box at the top of the page. There is also a country guide page, detailing the history, political situation, economy, and human development of Bosnia. To receive the Southeast Europe (SEE) Newsletter, go to the subscription page and type your e-mail address and name in the boxes, then create a password.
http://www.oneworld.net/article/country/70/ ( (558)
OnlineNewspapers.com - Bosnia
Provides links to the main newspapers and agencies which provide news from countries all over the world, including Bosnia. Please note that several sources are in the Bosnian, Croatian, or Serbian languages only.
Public International Law and Policy Group (PILPG) - Balkan Watch
Balkan Watch is a twice-monthly publication, prepared by the Post-Conflict Political Development Practice of the Public International Law & Policy Group, which details and analyzes the various current events and conflicts in the Balkans region, including Bosnia.
For a free subscription, please send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org with the following subject line, SUBSCRIBE BALKANWATCH.
Past and current editions of Balkan Watch can also be found at:
Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (RFE/RL) - Balkan Report
Provides a weekly review of politics, media, and Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty broadcasts in the Western Balkans, including Bosnia. Also has an archive of recent newscasts relating to Western Balkan countries and regions.
*Please note that you can receive a weekly e-mail of RFE/RL Balkan Report. Just go to the webpage and type your e-mail in the “subscribe” box.
Provides current Albania-specific and Balkan regional news. Type in “Albania” in the light blue search box at the top of the webpage. Please note that you can also search for both news and pictures.
Transitions Online (TOL), Southeastern Europe - Bosnia and Herzegovina
Provides a compilation of articles, commentaries, academic papers, etc. from across pertaining to Bosnia and Southeastern Europe.
*Please note that you must have a paid subscription to view many of the reports.
Provides current Bosnia-specific and Balkan regional news. Type in “Bosnia” in the google search box at the top of the webpage. Must fill out short subscription form in order to view news.
World News (WN) Network—Bosnia Post
A great source that provides current news from around Europe and the world. For Bosnia-specific articles, go to the right of the screen and look under ‘Bosnia Headlines.’ To receive news updates by e-mail, type your e-mail address in the ‘News Updates by Email’ box at the top right of the screen.
National and Local Governmental Institutions and Agencies
Government of the Federation Bosnia and Herzegovina
Official webpage of the government of the Federation Bosnia and Herzegovina. The website provides detailed information about the structure of the state and its constitution. It also has links to all of the major national institutions and ministries, as well as international organizations operating in the area. There are even links to geographical data, the flag and coat of arms, and the anthem.
*Please note that upon entering the page, three different coat of arms appear. Click on any of the coat of arms, and language choices appear at the bottom left of the page—then click on the language in which you wish to view the information.
Government of the Republic of Srpska
Official website of the government of the Republic of Srpska. Provides information on the Prime Minister, the cabinet, and various legal acts pertaining to Bosnia and Herzegovina.
Presidency of Bosnia and Herzegovina
Official webpage of the Presidency of Bosnia and Herzegovina. Provides information on: jurisdictions, foreign policy, conclusion, decisions, and documents, the cabinets, and the secretariat.
*Please note that at the time this country profile was being compiled, the English language homepage of the Presidency of Bosnia and Herzegovina would not fully display properly.
Federal Parliament of Bosnia and Herzegovina
Official website of the Federal Parliament of Bosnia and Herzegovina.
*Please note that at the time this country profile was being compiled, the English language homepage of the Federal Parliament of Bosnia and Herzegovina was not functioning.
Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Bosnia and Herzegovina
Official webpage of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Bosnia and Herzegovina. Provides information on: foreign policy, the ministry, embassies, consulates, and missions, international cooperation, and the economy.
Central Bank of Bosnia and Herzegovina (CBBH)
Provides information about the mission CBBH, the structure of the Bank, regulations, and much more. Website also has links to various publications, including documents relating to the Bosnia’s relationship with the IMF and annual country reports.
External Governmental Institutions and Agencies
Foreign and Commonwealth Office of the United Kingdom (FCO UK)—Country Profile, Bosnia
Provides very general information on Bosnia including: basic geography, short history, recent political developments, the economy, and international relations.
Also has a link for travel advice. Information sheets are updated and issued regularly throughout the year.
U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) - Bosnia
Includes a link to the USAID Mission in Bosnia, as well links to general country information from sources such as the U.S. State Department background notes and the CIA World Factbook. The USAID Country Page link (on the right of the screen) provides a brief overview of the agency’s specific focuses within the country. Please note that this report can only be viewed as a PDF file.
U.S. Department of State, Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs - Bosnia and Herzegovina
Provides recent “highlights” from the area as well as links to general background notes about Bosnia from source such as the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) World Factbook and the U.S. Department of State Consular Information Sheets. The latter is particularly relevant to persons wanting to travel to Bosnia. To receive up-to-date travel advisories, send an e-mail containing the word “subscribe” to: email@example.com
The website also provides country information in the form of remarks, fact sheets, and quick links to major reports. The major reports link leads to annual Human Rights Reports and Religious Freedom Reports. Please note that Human Rights Reports and Religious Freedom Reports are updated annually, consequently, a newer version than the one listed may become available.
International Multilateral Organisations (IOs)
Office of the High Representative and EU Special Representative (OHR)
A very useful resource that details the work of the OHR as well as other international organizations in Bosnia. Also has links to these major organizations, as well as past speeches, articles, conferences, reports, etc.
European Union (EU) External Relations - Bosnia
Provides a brief overview of the main objectives of EU assistance in Bosnia as well as the main areas of ongoing support. The website has links to the EC Country Strategy Paper 2002-2006 as well as various Stabilization and Association Reports. Please note that some of these reports may become updated.
European Union (EU) - Stability Pact for South Eastern Europe (SCSP)
The Stability Pact for South Eastern Europe was adopted in Cologne in 1999. More than 40 partner countries and organizations agreed to work to “foster peace, democracy, respect for human rights and economic prosperity,” which would eventually lead to regional stability. The website offers background and constituent documents of the Stability Pact, as well as links to various “Working Tables” of different regional initiatives. There are also links to press releases.
North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) - Implementation Force (IFOR)/Operation Joint Endeavor
The original NATO peacekeeping mission created under the Dayton Accord. IFOR was only in effect for one year, December 20, 1995-1996, before its duties were transferred to the Stabilization Force (SFOR). The website does provide some information about Bosnia. There are links to: basic texts, maps, pictures, IFOR press briefings, and the UN.
North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) - Stabilization Force (SFOR)
The official website of the NATO presence, known as SFOR, in Bosnia. Website has links to the Force’s mission and organization, fact sheets, the history of Bosnia, and more.
*Please note that at the end of 2004, SFOR’s security responsibilities will be transferred to the EU.
Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) Mission to Bosnia and Herzegovina
Provides information about OSCE activities in Bosnia, including: human rights, education, democratization, security cooperation, and public administration reform. Also has links to the General Framework Agreement for Peace as well as documents relating to the OSCE’s work in Bosnia.
United Nations Protection Force (UNPROFOR)
Although UNMIBH’s mandate ended on December 31, 2002, the mission did exercise a wide range of functions primarily relating to law enforcement and police reform. The Mission also coordinated several other UN activities. The website provides information regarding the background of UNMIBH, as well as its mandate and achievements.
United Nations - International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY)
The official website of the ICTY. Provides links to: the ICTY at a glance, latest developments, basic legal documents, indictments and proceedings, tribunal publications, and judgments.
United Nations Development Program (UNDP) - Bosnia and Herzegovina
Provides an overview of the work of the UNDP in Bosnia. Website has links to the Millennium Development Goals and Human Development Index for Bosnia. There are also links to more in-depth information on democratic governance, crisis prevention and recovery, information and communication technologies (ICT) for development.
United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) - Representation in Bosnia and Herzegovina
Provides information about the work of the UNHCR in Bosnia. Website has links to: the history of the organization in the country, its various protection and program activities, statistics, maps, and much more.
International Financial Institutions (IFIs)
International Monetary Fund (IMF) - Bosnia and Herzegovina
A useful source that provides detailed information about the country’s financial position within the Fund as well as the work of the organization in Bosnia.
The World Bank Group - Bosnia and Herzegovina
Provides a brief overview of the World Bank’s mission in Bosnia. Website has links to: News and Events; Data and Statistics; Publications and Reports; Development Topics; Projects and Programs; Public Information Center; NGOs and Civil Society; and much more.
International Non-Governmental Organisation (INGOs), Research Institutes, Non-State Actors
Amnesty International (AI) - Bosnia and Herzegovina
The website gives the AI 2004 Human Rights Report for Bosnia and Herzegovina. There are also links to AI’s human rights agenda, the organization’s activities, and a report guide. The library link at the bottom of the page provides numerous articles relating to current and past political and social events and activities in Bosnia and Herzegovina.
Please note that these reports are updated, consequently, a newer version than the one listed may become available.
http://web.amnesty.org/library/eng-bih/index ( (587)
The Bosnian Institute
A great source that offers a wealth of information about Bosnia. Some of the links include: history, wartime destruction/post-war reconstruction, institutions and organizations, government and politics, and economy. The institute also publishes Bosnia Report, an online magazine featuring in-depth articles about the region. There are links to both past and present editions of Bosnia Report.
European Centre for Minority Issues (ECMI)
ECMI is an NGO, based out of Germany, which focuses on majority-minority relations in the wider Europe. The website provides links to its major projects, as well as links to other network information. The publications links are particularly useful.
European Stability Initiative (ESI) - Bosnia and Hercegovina
ESI’s research and analysis unit provides recommendation on complex situations across the Balkans. Website has an archive of past reports on different social, political, and economic issues relating to Bosnia.
Freedom House—Freedom In the World Report 2003, Bosnia
The report provides valuable information on political rights and civil liberties in Bosnia. Also has an archive of reports from previous years. The “Resources” link under “Research and Publications” provides links to organizations working on political rights and civil liberties issues.
*Please note that these reports are updated annually, consequently, a newer version than the one listed may become available.
Human Rights Watch, Bosnia and Hercegovina
Provides numerous articles relating to current and past political and social events and activities in Bosnia. Website also has links to annual overviews of human rights developments dating back to 1993.
Institute for War and Peace Reporting (IWPR), Balkans
Provides an overview of IWPR activities in the region. The Institute maintains the online “Balkans Crisis Report,” a compilation of articles from around the Balkans, including Bosnia. There are also links to past reports. To receive reports via e-mail, go to the top right of the page and click on the “IWPR Reports Subscribe Free” gray box—enter your e-mail, country, and tick the box of the reports you want to receive.
United States Institute for Peace (USIP) - The Balkans, Bosnia and Herzegovina
A great source that provides links to Institute publications as well as other online resources. The resource links include: Government Agencies and International Organizations; Human Rights; Maps and Guides; Media and News Sources; and Peace Agreements and Selected Documents.
University of Maryland, Center for International Development and Conflict Management—Minorities at Risk (MAR), Minority Group Assessment for Post-Communist States
MAR tracks “politically-active ethnic groups throughout the world, identifying where they are, what they do, and what happens to them.” The “Minority Group Assessment for Post-Communist States” details all Balkan countries, including Bosnia. Click on group name or group type to get more detailed information.
Local Non-Governmental Organisation (NGOs), Civil Society Organisations, Research Institutes, Non-State Actors
Centre for Non-Violent Action
The Centre for Non-Violent Action is a Sarajevo-based NGO working on local cross-border conflict transformation initiatives via its office in Belgrade and and partners in BiH and elswhere in the Balkans.
Articles, Papers, Reports, Agreements
Commission of the European CommunitiesReport from the Commission to the Council on the preparedness of Bosnia and Herzegovina to negotiate a Stabilization and Association Agreement (SAA) with European Union.
The report details the key issues, broadly divided into political criteria, economic criteria, and the ability to assume the obligations resulting from a SAA, in preparing for negotiations on a SAA, can only be viewed as a PDF file.
Poverty Reduction Strategy Paper (PRSP) in Bosnia and Herzegovina –PRSP in Bosnia and Herzegovina.
The PRSP is meant to determine the principal medium-term economic development priorities for Bosnia, as well as to identify the most effective solutions for combating poverty in the country. The three priorities that have been drawn from the PRSP are: raising employment levels by strengthening the private sector and reducing public expenditure; establishing a sustainable social security system; European Union membership. The PRSP can only be viewed as a PDF file.
European Commission External Relations Directorate General, Western Balkans—Bosnia and Herzegovina Country Strategy Paper 2002-2006
The strategy paper’s main aim is to outline EU cooperation objectives in Bosnia—it does this by providing useful detailed information about the general political, economic, and social situations within the country
The General Framework Agreement for Peace in Bosnia and Herzegovina
The official document of the Dayton Accords. The Agreement was signed by the Republic of Bosnia and Herzegovina, the Republic of Croatia and the former Federal Republic of Yugoslavia (now Serbia and Montenegro).
Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR)—For the Record 2003: UN Human Rights System, Bosnia and Herzegovina
Website has useful information pertaining to a variety of UN activities. Links include: treaties, Commission on Human Rights, thematic reports, Security Council, and field operations. The website also has an archive of past reports, as well as a “Human Rights Internet” box with links to various human rights websites.
*Please note that these reports are updated annually, consequently, a newer version than the one listed may become available.
UNDP Human Development Report/Millennium Development Goals—Bosnia and Herzegovina, 2003
Discusses Bosnia’s position in terms of the UN’s Millennium Goals for 2015. Major themes include: poverty reduction, good governance, civil society, democracy, and human rights, gender, environment, health, education, and international cooperation.
*Please note that the AI Human Rights Reports are updated annually, consequently, a newer version than the one listed may become available.