bosnia report
New Series No: 42 October - December 2004


   - Regular Forums continue on the first Monday of every month (or the second, if the first falls on a Bank Holiday) from 7 pm to 9 pm at our usual venue, The Boardroom, University of Westminster, 309 Regent Street, W1 (in association with the Centre for the Study of Democracy).

The next meeting will take place on 10 January 2005, for a screening of ‘Sevdah - the Bridge that Survived’ by award-winning director Mira Erdevički.

   - On 4 October 2004,a packed meeting heard Osman Topčagić, who served as ambassador of Bosnia-Herzegovina to the UK from1997 to 2001, and has since then been director of the Directorate for European Integration of the B-H Council of Ministers, introduce a discussion about the prospects for (and obstacles to) Bosnia’s accession to European institutions, including eventually the European Union.

   - On 1 November 2004 we were privileged to have as our visiting speaker former General Fikret Ćuskić, founder and wartime commander of the Bosnian Army’s 17th Brigade, postwar commander of the 5th Corps, and subsequently deputy minister of defence of the Federation of B-H, who addressed the topic ‘Fighting for the Right of Return’.

   - On 6 December 2004 a particularly lively forum was introduced by Professor Sabrina Ramet, who is among the best known academic authors on the former Yugoslava and the author of numerous substantial works on topics ranging from religion to gender, from popular culture to natural law; her subject was ‘The Politics of the Serbian Orthodox Church’.





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