Welcome to Episode Four of Peace at Risk in Bosnia.
In the first three episodes of the podcast, released as a series in December 2021, Aegis looked at the roots, context and potential solutions for the current crisis in Bosnia, where secessionist moves by Bosnian Serb leader Milorad Dodik threaten a return to violence almost three decades after the Dayton Peace Accords ended war and genocide in the country.
In this episode, with Russia’s war on Ukraine looming in the background, Doctor Emir Suljagić, genocide survivor and the director of the Srebrenica Genocide Memorial Centre, brings us up to speed on recent Dodik’s efforts. We get perspective from political scientist Jasmin Mujanović on the influence of Moscow and its proxies in the region, and hear from British MP Fleur Anderson, Member of Parliament for Putney and Chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group for Genocide Prevention, which is administered by the Aegis Trust. Finally, we hear from Velma Šarić and Tatjana Milovanović at the Sarajevo-based peacebuilding NGO the Post Conflict Research Center.
The episode begins, however, with Hasan Hasanović, a survivor of the genocide at Srebrenica, who is now head of oral history at the Srebrenica Genocide Memorial Centre. Hasanović uses his own experience to explain why the Memorial, and the work of peace education in Bosnia, are “beyond crucial.”Support the show