Mentor:Dr. Jacqueline DeMeritt
Research Topic:Reconciliation in Bosnia and Herzegovina
Abstract:"The purposes of this research project are to 1) analyze the detrimental psychological effects that occur in the relations among different ethnic groups as a result of civil war, 2) theorize possible policies that engender reconciliation, and enhance our knowledge of this unique aspect of transitional justice, and 3) devise the most effective methods to elicit positive psychological intergroup relations. Reconciliation in Bosnia Herzegovina postcivil war is hampered by numerous factors all of which are ethnically intertwined between the three major ethnic groups (Bosniaks, Croats, and Serbs). These factors include, inefficient and ethnically fueled politics, psychological problems affecting the victims such as PTSD, negative inter-group relations, failed political and economic policies, and an ethnically segregated education system. All of these topics will be intensively researched through a literature review with a special emphasis on statistical analyses focusing on reconciliation in individuals who have experienced human rights violations. Little research has been conducted in the latter field, but practical initiatives such as the truth and reconciliation commissions in South Africa have yielded promising results in alleviating ethnic strains (Gibson, 2004 inter-group study for improving interracial relations post apartheid)."
Alma Mater:B.A. International Studies | University of North Texas 2015