The Financial Times: Rule by decree remains in force as Bosnia dreams of self-government (30 July 2003)
"Gerald Knaus, ESI President, goes further. He says outsiders do not understand how underdeveloped the region is, especially the collapse of the socialist industry. 'This, along with the consequences of the war, makes it very different from central Europe', he says.
It is, however, the nature of a protectorate that has created a culture of dependence abatted by the lack of economic development. 'Protectorates do not tackle economic development. Regardless of who runs them, Europeans or Americans, their approach is dominated by security concerns,' says Mr Knaus. Once the security threat is passed, he argues protectorates start interpreting economic problems through the prism of organised crime and corruption. 'This is true for Bosnia, which is why there are so many problems there. For it to work, outsiders will have to do a fundamental rethink,' says Mr Knaus."