“The 1995 Dayton Accords silenced the guns of war in Bosnia and Herzegovina. It also put in place an international administration that during the past few years has become unworkable. This book is an insiders’ account of how the Dayton process unraveled. The author also uses his Bosnia experience to provide an incisive analysis of “non-violent wars” and the important lessons to be learnt from it. It is essential reading for all interested in the recent history of the Balkans and more generally in post-violence politics.” –Justice Richard Goldstone, former prosecutor of the International Criminal Tribunal for former Yugoslavia
"This fascinating and essential book catalogues the vital importance of diplomacy in the world today. Philippe Leroux-Martin gives us an insider's view of how Bosnia was put back together after the war." – Nicholas Burns, Harvard University
“The vicious ethnic conflicts that tore Yugoslavia apart bloodily exposed the inability of the international community to cope with an eruption of violence even in a corner of Europe. In the aftermath, the same ethnic hatreds, fueled by suspicion and duplicity, made creating a modern, civil, society out of the wreckage of war and displacement, an enormous, perhaps impossible task. Diplomatic Counterinsurgency unveils the petty politics, the behind-the-scenes confrontations and the high-stakes efforts of a handful of international advisors as Bosnians fought to re-create a nation.” – Paul Koring, Foreign Correspondent, The Globe and Mail
"This book makes a very important contribution to our understanding of what is needed to nurture peace, stability and economic prosperity in a post-conflict environment. Drawing on the experience of Bosnia, Leroux-Martin demonstrates the interdependence of diplomacy, security and economic development in the crafting of any peace agreement and the importance of ensuring that diplomatic actors, security personnel and the international financial institutions working in the realm of economic development work together to ensure that agreements are viable, sustainable and deliver a visible "peace dividend". "Must reading" for anyone engaged in fragile and conflict-affected states. " – Christine I. Wallich, former World Bank Country Director for Bosnia and Herzegovina
“I recommend this excellent book to all who seek to understand how to take greater advantage of the interaction between diplomacy and the use of armed force.” – General Sir Rupert Smith, author of The Utility of Force
" If you set about to lead a crisis management mission where state building and strengthening the rule of law are among your key tasks, make sure you read this book first." – Pieter Feith, former International Civilian Representative and European Union Special Representative for Kosovo
In his brilliant analysis of how crisis management in Bosnia and Herzegovina went off the rails, Philippe Leroux-Martin turns Clausewitz’s famous dictum that “war is a continuation of politics by other means” on its head. Leroux-Martin concludes that the capacity of international interveners to counter “non-violent wars” through diplomatic means is almost inevitably limited, and he offers a compelling alternative strategy to steer conflict. Diplomatic Counterinsurgency should be required reading for diplomats and other international crisis managers.” –Michael Haltzel, Senior Fellow, Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies, and former advisor to U.S. Vice President (then-Senator) Joseph R. Biden, Jr.