Why Bosnia has Three Presidents, Fourteen Parliaments and a Big Problem

When Yugoslavia disintegrated, it left behind one of the most unusual states in the world. Bosnia and Herzegovina not only consists of two and a half “countries within the country,” but also has three simultaneous presidents, fourteen parliaments and a supreme leader appointed by the U.S. and EU. In this explainer, we take a deep dive into the confusing state of affairs that Bosnia finds itself in today – and how it might provide an inroad for Putin to destabilize Europe.

By Linus Höller, Northwestern University

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