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Karadzic – Krajisnik – Gojko Susak – Mate Boban

Nationalist regimes

October 1999

The first major ESI report was an anatomy of Bosnia's post-war nationalist regimes. Although there was no donor, sending it to 900 email addresses put ESI on the map of policy makers for the first time.

The report analysed the strength of post-war nationalists:

"The Bosnian Croat HDZ-HVO is the purest example of the transformation of communist structures into a one-party, nationalist system with authoritarian control over all political, social and economic affairs in its territory… Power in Republika Srpska was held by a small group of war-time leaders, most notably the SDS party leaders Radovan Karadzic, Momcilo Krajisnik and Biljana Plavsic, who centralised key ministries and public institutions in the area of eastern Republika Srpska between Bijeljina and Pale."

The report also noted the weakness of these structures and predicted their ultimate demise.

"It is now apparent that power structures in RS were always unsustainable, and without the context of a "Greater Serbia", were founded on an illusion. They consisted of several phantom institutions with no identified source of revenue."

The report became very popular and was widely quoted. Some of its concepts became part of the jargon of the international community in Sarajevo.

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