New Monograph: Identity, Ontological Security and Europeanisation in Republika Srpska (Author: Faris Kočan)
The Palgrave Macmillan Publishing House issued a monograph on ontological security of Republika Srpska in the context of Europeanisation written by assist. prof. dr. Faris Kočan (a CIR member). The purpose of the book is to discuss the impact of the process of accession to the European Union (EU) on the formulation of the ethnic identity of Bosnian Serbs and the political identity of Republika Srpska (RS) in Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH).
The centerpiece of the book is thus an examination of how it is possible that the expected effect of Europeanisation on ethnic identities in a post-conflict environment - a transformation of ethnic identities through desecuritisation - does not materialise in the case of BiH and the RS. This was tested on three events that are understood as points of ruptures: negotiations on the Stabilisation and Association Agreement, the Prud and Butmir processes, and the referendum on the Day of RS.
The book establishes that the EU does not possess the potential to desecuritise the antagonisms among the ethnic groups in BiH. Any attempt at a more active engagement by the EU was interpreted by the RS political elite as a Bosniak agenda aimed against the RS. The analysis shows that the RS political elite and Bosnian Serbs see the presence of the EU in a more positive light when its goals are less political and focused more on the economy. The results show that BiH’s EU accession process or a clearer EU perspective alone do not outweigh the potential costs for the RS political elite if reforms aimed at creating a more functional BiH were to succeed. In all three analysed points of ruptures, the RS political elite presented motions for a more functional BiH as attempts to centralise the country, and framed them as the beginning of the end for the RS as a political entity.
You can find the book here.
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