Navigating consociationalism’s afterlives: Women, peace and security in post-dayton Bosnia-Herzegovina

Maria-Adriana Deiana*

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This article revisits the gendered implications of the Dayton peace settlement in Bosnia-Herzegovina and assesses possibilities for the meaningful integration of the Women, Peace and Security agenda into the consociational structures and post-conflict political agenda. This article outlines how the reification and legitimization of ethno-nationalist power over two decades of Dayton has restricted the terrain for gender activism. A critical assessment of post-Dayton governance reveals an unanticipated stratification of the agreement. International pressure for the stability of the peace settlement further constrains the complex task of addressing the gendered legacies of conflict and conflict transformation. In this context, local and international efforts to navigate Dayton’s afterlives through gender activism act as a powerful reminder that Bosnia-Herzegovina’s unfulfilled peace must remain a priority in research, activist and policymaking agendas.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)33-49
Number of pages17
JournalNationalism and Ethnic Politics
Volume24
Issue number1
Early online date22 Feb 2018
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2018

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