Prisoners of history: Is there stable peace in Bosnia?

Document Type


Publication Date



The late Kenneth Boulding, a pioneering scholar in the field of peace studies, defined stable peace as "a situation in which the probability of war is so small that it does not really enter into the calculations of any of the people involved." Traveling to Bosnia just seventeen years after the end of a devastating war of ethnic cleansing, I wondered if that country today could be anywhere close to stable peace. In this presentation, I'll describe what I learned when I asked Bosnians--including CSB/SJU alumni, Franciscan monks, a Muslim imam, and a survivor of the Srebrenica genocide-- "Could another war happen here?".