Jelena Golubović is a Banting Postdoctoral Fellow at The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University. Her fieldwork-intensive research has been published in Journal of Refugee Studies, Ethnicities, and Anthropological Quarterly. She is a winner of the 2020 Global Affairs Canada – SSHRC International Policy Ideas Challenge. She tweets at @j_golubovic.
When the war broke out in Yugoslavia 30 years ago, gender-based sexual violence was used on such a scale that the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia recognized rape as a crime against humanity and paved the way for rape to be considered a form of genocide. The current conflict in Ukraine threatens to destabilize Bosnia, an already-fragile political entity. Knowing this, the United States – broker of the peace accords that ended the war in the 1990s – should be proactive in preventing conflict and watching for signs of gender-based sexual violence.