I’m Sebastiaan Debrouwere, a 20 year old student reading International Politics at King’s College in London. Having lived in Mostar, Bosnia-Herzegovina between 2008 and 2010, I have forever been blessed with the delightful characteristic of being fascinated by the Balkans, their culture, history and political developments. It would even be fair to say that my experiences in a country that, despite its natural beauty and the kindness of its people, is still to shed its heavy skin of dysfunctional politics has prompted my studying Politics at a more advanced academic level.

My research interests thus focus on causes, practices and consequences of ethnic and civil war, South-Eastern European political developments and the influence of rhetoric on nationalistic feelings. I’m currently actively working on a paper that explores the implications of violent conflict, particularly on women and gender-relations in society.

This blog then will mostly consist of my commentary, critique or even (occasionally, I promise) simple posting of articles related to South-Eastern European political developments. Though it’s still in what could be called a pre-embryonical phase, I hope that you will enjoy reading and commenting, and that you will come back from time to time to check my ramblings. Or, if you really want to give a boost to the ludicrously underdeveloped trait of mine that passes for an ego, feel free to add this blog to your RSS reader, share the articles on Facebook, Reddit, Livejournal, Stumble Upon or others.

Also feel free to get in touch with me via sebastiaan.debrouwere AT kcl.ac.uk