Comparative Politics

Voices from Bosnia and Serbia on the Arrest of Mladic

May 26 '11

As is now being widely reported in the media, “Bosnian Serb war crimes suspect Ratko Mladic has been arrested”:http://www.nytimes.com/2011/05/27/world/europe/27ratko-mladic.html. “Radio Free Europe-Radio Liberty”:http://www.rferl.org/ has a “great video”:http://www.rferl.org/video/19492.html up on its website that records residents of Sarajevo and Belgrade and their reactions to the arrest.

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It is very interesting to see the different responses, but there is a common theme even across those who approve and disapprove of the action: Serbia’s desire to join the EU undoubtedly played a key roll in facilitating the arrest. It is also interesting to note the parallels to the questions being asked about Pakistani intelligence forces and Osama bin Laden: how could the Serbian government not have know where he was all this time?