One of BiH’s main political commitments is to join NATO, and as such, this commitment is expressed as one of the priorities of foreign policy of Bosnia and Herzegovina (General directions and priorities for the implementation of foreign policy of Bosnia and Herzegovina ).

The analysis will evaluate the costs of NATO membership and the benefits which would be introduced with the eventual membership, or during the pre-accession phase of the process. These benefits, like much of the costs, have thus far focused primarily on the outcomes that would occur primarily within the military arena.

However, not much attention has been devoted to the ‘governance’ aspect in relation to financial-budgetary benefits of putting in place operational mechanisms that would ensure a fully-functional governance aspect of democratic civilian oversight. This project is funded by the Department for International Development, UK .