Ethnicizing the EU's involvement in post-conflict societies : the case of ontological insecurity in Republika Srpska
ID Kočan, Faris (Author), ID Zupančič, Rok (Author)

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The main aim of this paper is to contribute to the literature on ontological security by empirically investigating how the European Union (EU), which is perceived as one of the most important actors that provides means and/or grounds for overcoming antagonisms through transformation of the ‘Self-Other’ dialectics, fails to become an agent of peace. Drawing on the case of Republika Srpska (RS), a political entity in Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH), we aim to understand how the EU’s post-conflict stabilization efforts, which, among others, presuppose the de-intensification of the antagonistic identity narratives, become entrapped in ethnopolitical narratives, and even ‘ethnicized’ by the ethnopolitical elite in RS. To answer these questions, we analyzed news articles at two critical junctures, namely the negotiations on the Stabilisation and Association Agreement (2005–2007) and the Butmir Process (2009), two of the most important EU-driven initiatives in post-conflict BiH. We find that those initiatives, which promised to make BiH more functional and stable, challenged the existing ethnopolitical narratives in BiH, particularly on the side of the ethnopolitical elite in RS.

Keywords:ontological security, Republika Srpska, ethnicization, Butmir process
Work type:Article
Typology:1.01 - Original Scientific Article
Organization:FDV - Faculty of Social Sciences
Publication version:Version of Record
Publication date:09.04.2022
Number of pages:Str. 113-127
Numbering:Vol. 19, no. 73
PID:20.500.12556/RUL-136300 This link opens in a new window
ISSN on article:1304-7310
DOI:10.33458/uidergisi.1094578 This link opens in a new window
COBISS.SI-ID:102719747 This link opens in a new window
Publication date in RUL:22.04.2022
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Title:Uluslararasi ilişkiler dergisi
Publisher:Uluslararasi İlişkiler Konseyi İktisadi İşletmesi
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Funder:ARRS - Slovenian Research Agency
Project number:P5-0177-2022
Name:Slovenija in njeni akterji v mednarodnih odnosih in evropskih integracijah

Funder:ARRS - Slovenian Research Agency
Project number:P5-0206-2018

Funder:ARRS - Slovenian Research Agency
Project number:N5-0178-2021
Name:Anksioznost(i) v 'razdeljenih mestih' pokonfliktnih družb: razvoj in testiranje inovativnih (eksperimentalnih) pristopov v procesih izgradnje miru

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