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Bosnia and Herzegovina 17 Years Later: The U.S. Role in Overcoming Challenges to Stability

The 1992-1995 war in Bosnia and Herzegovina left more than 100,000 people dead and over 2 million of the country’s pre-war population displaced. Seventeen years later, the implementation of the Dayton Peace Accords, which ended the war, continues to pose a challenge. Further progress requires a steadfast commitment of the international community led by the United States. Recent political crisis and backsliding in the implementation of the Dayton Peace Accords, especially its provisions guaranteeing a sustainable return of refugees and the displaced persons, is a great cause of concern for the future stability and prosperity of a multiethnic state of Bosnia and Herzegovina. Yet, there is reason for hope, above all reflected in the promising, nationwide civic coalition called “March 1st” which seeks to mobilize hundreds of thousands of displaced Bosnians and Herzegovinians living in the United States and elsewhere abroad to reverse the effects of ethnic cleansing, contribute to a better implementation of the Dayton Peace Accords, and more actively contribute to a better future for Bosnia and Herzegovina.
The Advisory Council for Bosnia and Herzegovina
and
Emerging Democracies Institute

cordially invite you to a briefing  

                                           

Bosnia and Herzegovina 17 Years Later: 

The U.S. Role in Overcoming Challenges to Stability 

featuring

Emir Suljagic

Srebrenica genocide survivor

Leader of the Civic Coalition “March 1st”

with comments by

Ajla Delkic

Advisory Council for Bosnia and Herzegovina

moderated by

Reuf Bajrovic

Emerging Democracies Institute

     
Monday, March 4, 2013
2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Location:
Longworth House Office Building, Room 1416

Emir Suljagic is a survivor of the Srebrenica genocide, journalist, author, and activist. In 1995, when he was barely 20 years old, the lives of nearly every man he had ever known – and those of many women too – were lost or destroyed in the Srebrenica genocide. Following this horrific event, Emir went on to study political science at the University of Sarajevo, and work as a reporter for the Sarajevo-based political magazine Dani. For two years, he covered the proceedings of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) for both Dani and the London-based Institute for War and Peace Reporting. In 2005, Emir authoredPostcards from the Grave, the first account of the Srebrenica genocide that was published in the English language by a Bosnian survivor. In 2011, Emir served as the Minister of Education of the Sarajevo Canton. He resigned from the post after receiving death threats for proposing radical changes to the education system, seeking to eradicate corruption and end discrimination in the classrooms. Ahead of local elections in 2012, Emir organized and led a successful voter registration effort “I will vote for Srebrenica,” which currently serves as a model for the “March 1st” civic movement aimed at reversing the effects of genocide and ethnic cleansing on the entire territory of Bosnia and Herzegovina. Emir received his Ph.D. from the University of Hamburg.

About The Author

stlbosnians

The St. Louis Bosnian is an online database of Bosnian community in St. Louis. The purpose is to document and preserve existence of the Bosnian immigrant community in metropolitan St. Louis area. Through published books, articles, interviews, researches, videos, photos as well as speaker series, seminars, workshops and educational classes. We hope to leave the legacy of our community to the future generations.

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