Date of Award
Senior Honors Thesis
College or School
Program or Major
Political Science and International Affairs
Bachelor of Arts
During the summer of 2014, I lived in Sanski Most, Bosnia-Herzegovina, with funding from an International Research and Opportunities Program (IROP) grant from the Hamel Center for Undergraduate Research at the University of New Hampshire (UNH). Through a series of semi-structured interviews and participant observation, my research highlighted the roles of truth, memory, and justice in rebuilding a post-conflict society in Bosnia-Herzegovina―essentially, on peacebuilding since the war ended in 1995. The Bosnian War stands as the worst genocide since the Holocaust, with 350,000 casualties and over 100,000 dead―80% of whom were Muslim Bosniaks, targets of an ethnic cleansing campaign by neighboring Serbia. Of the interviews I conducted, the majority of respondents believe that truth is the most important part of rebuilding Bosnia-Herzegovina, which includes reconciliation and coming up with one common history of what happened during the war. I worked with my UNH mentor, Dr. Mary Malone (political science), and my foreign mentor, Vahidin Omanović (co-director of the Center for Peacebuilding in Sanski Most), to develop interview questions and use my research as the basis for my undergraduate honors thesis. I hope my work on peacebuilding in Bosnia-Herzegovina will be a useful addition to the field of studies in an area of the world that is often overlooked by Western media.
Waller, Hannah Marie, "Post-Conflict Peacebuilding in Bosnia-Herzegovina" (2015). Honors Theses and Capstones. 235.