NYU Abu Dhabi Faculty Fellow of Social Science Michael Harsch appeared on HuffPost Live's World Brief program to discuss the state of modern day Bosnia, 20 years after the Srebrenica massacre of more than 8,000 Muslim men and boys by Bosnian Serb troops.
Described as the worst atrocity in Europe since World War II, Harsch said to program host Marc Lamont Hill:
"The impacts were pretty severe, obviously. In a recent piece, (Life After Genocide: Comparing Bosnia and Rwanda) I'm comparing Rwanda with Bosnia and both experience 20 years ago, basically a genocide. And today it's remarkable to see that Rwanda, which used to be much poorer than Bosnia has a remarkably faster recovery than Bosnia after the genocide. Rwanda has seen 14 percent economic growth over the past 10 years while the Bosnia economy has basically experienced no growth at all. Unemployment is an estimated 45 percent, really a staggering number. So, the situation is quite dire."
The host also spoke with Muhamed Sacirbey, former UN ambassador for Bosnia and Herzegovina, who offered insights into Russia's recent veto of a UN Security Council resolution that would have described the Srebrenica massacre as genocide.
Watch the full segment on Huffington Post Live (starts at the 1:30 mark).
Michael Harsch's research examines international cooperation in promoting security, effective governance and development in conflict-affected and fragile countries, with a focus on Afghanistan and the Balkans. His first book, The Power of Dependence: NATO-UN Cooperation in Crisis Management, was published by Oxford University Press in 2015.