chapter  9
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The limits of post-conflict police reform

ByTIMOTHY DONAIS

At the end of 2002, the United Nations Mission to Bosnia and Herzegovina (UNMIBH) declared victory and closed up shop. In its final press release, the mission – which had been tasked with transforming the country’s politically compromised, ethnically biased and deeply corrupt police into a modern, democratic police force – stated that “Bosnia and Herzegovina now has ‘a police force fit for Europe’ firmly based on international standards of democratic policing and in the service of all citizens.”1