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NATO and Russia’s Balkan chess game

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The clock is ticking on the fate of the peace in Bosnia-Herzegovina that has held since the imposition of the Dayton Accords, officially known as the General Framework Agreement for Peace in Bosnia and Herzegovina. The Dayton Accords were named after the City of Dayton, Ohio, home to Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, where, on 21 November 1995, the parties to the Bosnia conflict reached an agreement to end the bloody civil war that broke out in the aftermath of the disintegration of Yugoslavia in the early 1990s. The accords were formally signed in Paris, on 14 December 1995. Since that time, Bosnia has been governed by a tripartite presidency, with representatives from the Bosnian, Croatian, and Serbian territories that comprise the multi-ethnic population.

Since 1995, this coalition government has operated under the watchful eye of the Office of the High Representative (OHR) for Bosnia and Herzegovina, ostensibly instituted to protect Bosnian sovereignty and territorial integrity by performing oversight of the functions of government, such as the military, judiciary, tax and customs collection, and intelligence services, that are normally the sole purview of a sovereign state.

On October 29, 2021, this fragile coalition, and the peace it oversees, was shaken by an announcement by Milorad Dodik, the Serb member of the tripartite presidency, that he intended to withdraw the Serbs from the joint Bosnian-Herzegovinian military, in........

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