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Winning the Peace
First broadcast June 2007

UN troops in Bosnia

Paddy Ashdown argues that 'Winning the Peace' is much harder than winning a war.

In a series of four programmes, Lord Ashdown, Former High Representative of Bosnia, looks at the role of the international community in ending conflicts and rebuilding countries.

He looks at cases where occupation has succeeded and where it has failed, and what lessons there are for the future.

Part Two: Bosnia

The war in the Balkans left up to 200,000 dead and two million people driven from their homes.

Former prime minister Haris Silajdzic continually made the case for intervention in the conflict.

"I just thought we were not important enough for the international community... We were not rich, not dangerous, we did not have big numbers," he recalls.

There was widespread relief when Nato finally arrived. But the peace process was slow and jobs and widespread security were not achieved until much later.

Series Producer: David Walter and Fiona Ledger

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