The President Who Wants to Break Up His Own Country

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Once praised by Madeleine Albright as “a breath of fresh air,” Bosnia’s new president, Milorad Dodik, now threatens a fragile U.S.-brokered peace accord.

  • Maxim Edwards
  • The Atlantic

SARAJEVO—Few national leaders would call their own country an “impossible state.”

Fewer still would actively advocate for it to be broken up.

Almost none would risk a decades-old peace accord to do so.

And then there is Bosnia’s Milorad Dodik.

“I am a Serb … Bosnia is only my place of employment,” Dodik proclaimed just a day after his inauguration as Bosnia’s head of state.

A Serb nationalist, he…

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