Forced Migration Review issue 50 – to be published in September 2015 – will include a major feature on ‘Dayton + 20’ (the 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.
This forthcoming issue of FMR to be published in September 2015 will focus on the western Balkans twenty years on from the Dayton Agreement. 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.
For more background please see full call for articles online at www.fmreview.org/balkans
The FMR editors are looking for practice-oriented submissions, reflecting a diverse range of opinions focusing on the western Balkans and issues of displacement. (Please note that we do not envisage this issue also covering the Kosovo war of 1998-99.) Submissions will address questions such as the following:
- What innovations in institutional and operational approaches to protection during the wars in the Balkans remain relevant today?
- Are there case studies of positive or negative practices in dealing with and/or finding solutions to the massive displacement that occurred in the Balkan states?
- What solutions are there at the local level for those still displaced?
- What solutions are needed at the national, regional and inter-state levels – between BiH, Croatia and Serbia – for solving the remaining displacement?
- To what extent have the managed returns and local integration of people displaced in the 1990s succeeded?
- What have been the roles of the states, international community and civil society in dealing with and/or finding solutions to the displacement of that period?
- How can minority returnees be integrated and their rights assured?
- How can progress be ensured for people to access their basic rights and to maintain general security based on reconciliation?
- What roles do the diasporas now living around the world play in the progress towards solutions in their home countries?
- What are the patterns, obstacles, sustainability or outcomes of return or of returnees’ contributions to development in the western Balkan states?
- Are there lessons for current conflicts from the nature of the Dayton Agreement, the process for arriving at it or the subsequent history?
- What does the Dayton Agreement tell us about the relationship between political and humanitarian solutions?
- Have women, children, older people, stateless persons, minorities and/or those with disabilities found it harder than others to find solutions to the problems of displacement?
If you are interested in submitting an article, please email the Editors firstname.lastname@example.org with a proposed outline.
Deadline for submission of articles: 18th May 2015
Maximum length: 2,500 words.
Please note that space is always at a premium in FMR and that published articles are usually shorter than this maximum length. Your article, if accepted for publication, may well be shortened but you will of course be consulted about any editing changes. Please consult our guidelines for authors at: www.fmreview.org/writing-fmr
Authors are reminded that FMR seeks to include articles with a gendered approach or a gender analysis as part of them. We are also particularly keen to reflect the experiences and knowledge of communities and individuals directly affected by these questions. If you can put us in touch with displaced people and/or local organisation representatives who might be interested in writing, please do email us; we are happy to work with individuals to help them develop an article.
Please note that we also welcome articles on other subjects relating to forced migration for consideration for publication in the ‘general articles’ section of the issue.