Call for articles: FMR 50
‘Dayton + 20’ (the Balkans twenty years on from the Dayton Agreement)
Due out September 2015
Deadline for submission of articles: Monday 18th May 2015
Dr. Selma Porobic (CESi director) and Erin Mooney (UNHCR specialist on displacement, earlier advised and helped promote Forced Migration Review special Issue FMR 33, see launch in Sarajevo, 12 November 2009, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iZPF_x-TVDk), act as the advisers to The FMR editors who will publish an issue of the magazine in September 2015 focusing on the western Balkans twenty years on from the Dayton Agreement.
The wars that took place between 1991 and 1995 in the former Yugoslavia were among the dominant political and humanitarian events of the 1990s, affecting Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH), Croatia and Serbia in particular. The loss of life, destruction of livelihoods and infrastructure, disruption of social and political life, and massive displacement are not merely historical facts but continue to affect people across the region. Likewise, the international response in the region at the time has continued to shape the global political, humanitarian and development programmes and policies of governments, militaries and aid agencies up to the present day.
A significant moment in the Balkans was the signing of the General Framework Agreement for Peace in Bosnia and Herzegovina, commonly known as the Dayton Agreement or the Dayton Accords, in December 1995. Nearly twenty years on from that time, some of the scars are still visible and the long-term effects of displacements continue across the region. Whether for those who were driven from their homes and have been unable to return, those who have attempted to integrate locally, those who have been resettled outside the region, or those who remain in what is known as ‘protracted displacement’ (often in collective centres), the Dayton Agreement has not put an end to human suffering and social crises.
The Agreement’s twentieth anniversary is a moment for examination of the particular cases of displaced populations in the region, what has happened to them and what they have been able to achieve for themselves in that period. It may also be a suitable moment for reflection on the durability and correctness of the ‘lessons’ that have been drawn from the humanitarian crises that arose in the dissolution of the former Yugoslavia and whether they have been useful or applied fruitfully, whether locally or elsewhere.
The FMR editors are looking for practice-oriented submissions, reflecting a diverse range of opinions focusing on the western Balkans and issues of displacement.
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Please email the Editors at firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in contributing or have suggestions of colleagues or community representatives who may wish to contribute.
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