Berlin – ESI at conference on reforms in Bosnia

26 June 2023
One of the panels at a conference on Bosnia
One of the panels at a conference on Bosnia. Photo: Aspen Germany

ESI’s Junior Analyst Adnan Smajic attended the conference "New Government, New Reform Effort?" focusing on Bosnia. The conference was co-organised by the Aspen Institute Germany and Südosteuropa Association, and supported by the German Federal Foreign Office.

The conference brought together Bosnian and German policy-makers, as well as Bosnian and EU think tankers and researchers. The discussion revolved around the role of different actors in supporting reforms as well as the nature of needed reforms. Panellists included Christian Schmidt, High Representative for Bosnia and Herzegovina, Susanne Schutz, Southeast Europe Director at Germany’s Federal Foreign Office, Manuel Sarrazin, German Federal Government Special Representative for the Countries of the Western Balkans, Josip Brkic, Deputy Foreign Minister of Bosnia, as well as Bosnian think tankers and researchers.

Adnan participated in a working group on functioning democratic institutions and contributed some of ESI’s research and analysis to the debate.