Investigating Srebrenica: Institutions, Facts, Responsibilities

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Isabelle Delpla, Xavier Bougarel, Jean-Louis Fournel
Berghahn Books, Jun 25, 2012 - History - 200 pages
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In July 1995, the Bosnian Serb Army commanded by General Ratko Mladic attacked the enclave of Srebrenica, a UN "safe area" since 1993, and massacred about 8,000 Bosniac men. While the responsibility for the massacre itself lays clearly with the Serb political and military leadership, the question of the responsibility of various international organizations and national authorities for the fall of the enclave is still passionately discussed, and has given rise to various rumors and conspiracy theories. Follow-up investigations by the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia and by several commissions have dissipated most of these rumors and contributed to a better knowledge of the Srebrenica events and the part played by the main local and international actors. This volume represents the first systematic, comparative analysis of those investigations. It brings together analyses from both the external standpoint of academics and the inside perspective of various professionals who participated directly in the inquiries, including police officers, members of parliament, high-ranking civil servants, and other experts. Evaluating how institutions establish facts and ascribe responsibilities, this volume presents a historiographical and epistemological reflection on the very possibility of writing a history of the present time.
 

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Contents

Introduction The Judge the Historian the Legislator
1
Interview with JeanRené Ruez
23
Characteristics and Temporalities of a Production of Public Truth
40
Chapter 3 Reassessing the French Parliamentary FactFinding Mission on Srebrenica 2001
56
Dutch Parliamentary Inquiries During the Srebrenica Aftermath
67
Academic Logic and the Culture of Consensus
86
Chapter 6 Reopening the Wounds? The Parliament of BosniaHerzegovina and the Question of Bosniak Responsibility
104
The Report of the Government of the Republika Srpska
131
Comparing the Srebrenica Investigations and Reports
148
Bibliography
177
Notes on Contributors
186
Name Index
189
Subject Index
194
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Jean-Louis Fournel is Professor at the University of Paris VIII. His research focuses on the history of warfare, political thought, and the rhetoric of the Italian Renaissance. Between 1997 and 2001, he directed several European cooperation programs with universities in Bosnia- Herzegovina. In 1994, while the city was under siege, he co-organized the initiative for a sister relationship between his university and that of Sarajevo.

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