My research areas include conflict resolution in intra-state armed conflicts (with focus on ethnic conflicts), post-war peace building, reconciliation, transitional justice, and diaspora and peace.
Diasporas and Their Involvement in Peace Processes
The question motivating this project arises from a critical reading of the existing literature on diasporas and civil wars: What causes the radicalization/moderation of diasporas vis-à-vis civil wars in their homelands. The project aims to gain a more in-depth understanding of the conflict perspectives, behavior and peacebuilding potentials of three diaspora communities originating from Bosnia-Herzegovina (Bosinak, Bosnian Serbs and Bosnian Croat diaspora communities in Sweden). Second, the project examines what factors interact to cause extremism or moderation within diaspora communities. The research is carried out together with Ashok Swain and Jonathan Hall and is financed by the Swedish Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Identity, Inter-ethnic Relations and Democracy in Montenegro
This project aims at examining the intensified and conflicting state- and nation-building processes in Montenegro, and how they have affected inter-ethnic relations between ethnic Serbs and Montenegrins. Generally, the project strives to further our understanding of the interplay between state and nation-building in multiethnic states. The empirical investigation includes a study of political elites leading the processes of national development and their use of religious, linguistic and historic memories and symbols in to achieve national mobilisation and loyalty. The findings will be related to a statistical analysis that aims at exploring population response to elite initiatives by looking at the levels of acceptance and identification with Montenegrin state, ethnic distancing, the relationship between ethnicity, class, and the possible emergence of “ethnic islands” in Montenegro
Currently teach courses
Course Director and Lecturer, (A-level course Peace and Security, 15 ECTS credits), Department of Peace and Conflict Research, Uppsala University, Nov 2008-January 2009
Co-convenor and Lecturer, (M.A. programme, course New Military and Non-Military Threats to Security, 15 ECTS), Department of Peace and Conflict Research, Uppsala University, September 2008 - present.
Books and monographs
Ambivalent Peace: External Nation-building, Threatened Identity and Reconciliation in Bosnia-Herzegovina. PhD dissertation, Department of Peace and Conflict Research, Uppsala University, 2007, (pp. 421).
Balkan Currents: Essays in Honour of Kjell Magnusson. Uppsala Multiethnic Papers, Centrum for Multiethnic Research, Uppsala University, 2005. (Co-editor with Dulić, T., Maček I., and Trtak J.)
Contributions in edited books
“Nation-building” in Encyclopaedia of Social Problems, eds. Vincent N. Parrillo, SAGE, spring 2008.
“Diasporas and Peacebuilding: A Multifaceted Association” (Co-writen with Hall, J. and Swain, A.) in Swain A. eds., Diasporas, Armed Conflicts and Peacebuilding in their Homelands, Report No. 79, Department of Peace and Conflict Research, Uppsala University, 2007.
“Education Movements, Power and Identity in Bosnia and Herzegovina” in Swain A. eds., Education as Social Action: Knowledge, Identity and Power, UNRISD, Palgrave MacMillan, 2005.
Articles in peer reviewed journal
“Yugoslavs in Arms: Guerrilla Tradition, Total Defence and the Ethnic Security Dilemma” (co-authored with Tomislav Duli), Europe-Asia Studies, Vol. 62, No. 7, September 2010, 1051–1072.
“Nation-building as an instrument of peace? Exploring local attitudes towards international nation-building building and reconciliation in Bosnia and Herzegovina”, Civil Wars, Civil Wars, Vol. 10, No. 4, (December 2008), pp. 386-414.
Hall, Jonathan and Roland Kostic. 2010 Integration and its Impacts on Reconciliation among Conflict-Generated Diasporas,Paper presented at the National Conference on Peace and Conflict Research Uppsala, 16-17 December 2010
Integration for peace? Hostland Integration and Reconciliation among Bosnian, Croatian and Serbian diasporas in Sweden (with Jonathan Hall), the International Studies Association conference in New York, 20-25 February 2009.
Integration for peace? Hostland Integration and Reconciliation among Bosnian, Croatian and Serbian diasporas in Sweden (with Jonathan Hall), 11th Annual Kokkalis Graduate Students Workshop, The Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, 12-13 February, 2009.
International State-Building Going Rogue? Local views on Externally Managed Economic and Legal Reforms in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Research workshop Aid,Interventions and the Changing Concept of State, Swedish Institute of International Affairs, 22-23 January, 2009.
Hostland Integration and Homeland Reconciliation: Bosnian Serb Diaspora in Sweden (with Jonathan Hall). Presented at the International Studies Association conference in San Francisco, March 2008.
Bosnian and Herzegovina diasporas in Sweden. Presented at the conference Diasporas and Their Involvement in Peace Processes, Department of Peace and Conflict Research, with support of the Swedish Ministry of Foreign Affairs, May 2007.
The limits of paternalistic peace building: State building, democracy and reconciliation a decade after Dayton. Presented at the international Studies Association conference in San Diego, March 2006.
Education Movements and Identity in Contemporary Bosnia and Herzegovina, The 16th Conference of Scandinavian Slavists, Uppsala University, Sweden, August 2004.
Strategies of Livelihood in Post-War Bosnia and Herzegovina: A study of the Economic Predicament of Returning Home. Symposium on Reconstruction and Reconciliation after Mass-violence, Gothenburg University, February 2003.
“Reconciling the Past and the Present: Evaluating Dayton Peace Accords 1995”, Department of Peace and Conflict Research, Uppsala university and the Mediation Support Unit, Department of Political Affairs, United Nations, (1-61).
"Does Integration Encourage Reconciliatory Attitudes among Diasporas?" (co-authored with Jonathan Hall),Global Migrations and Transnational Politics, Working paper no. 7, George Mason University, (pp. 1-10).
“International peacebuilding, democracy and popular participation in BiH” in Equal Representation- A Challenge for Democracy and Democracy Promotion, Utsikt mot utveckling no.28, Collegium for Development Studies, Uppsala University, spring 2007.
“USA och EU: s balkanpolitik– assymetriska relationer med dystra framtidsperspektiv?”, (together with Dulić, Tomislav), Internationella Studier, The Swedish Institute of International Affairs, May 2004.
Strategies of Livelihood in Post-War Bosnia and Herzegovina: A study of the Economic Predicament of Returning Home. Riksbanken Reconciliation project, Mimeo, Gothenburg University, February 2003.
Serbia and Montenegro Country Analysis: New Framework in Search of a Lasting Solution. A report for the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida), Uppsala, September 2003.
Bosnia and Herzegovina Conflict Analysis. A report for the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida), Uppsala, December 2002.
Working for the UN Research Institute for Social Development (UNRISD) as a part of the project comparing social movements in education in different parts of the world (2003).
Consultancy work for Sida contributing to developing country strategies for Bosnia and Herzegovina (2002), and Serbia and Montenegro (2003).