bosnia report
New Series No: 21/22 January - May 2001

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 14 May 2001, when we shall be honoured to welcome Osman Topcagic, ambassador of Bosnia-Herzegovina to London since 1997, who will speak about his country in the context of the European integration process. This will be followed by a special event on 4 June when Nick Thorpe, who currently reports for the BBC from central Europe and has covered events in the former Yugoslavia since 1991, will present 'The Vineleaf and the Rose', a documentary film on Bosnia-Herzegovina that he has recently co-authored.

* On 2 April 2001 an exceptionally large audience took part in a vigorous discussion on 'Kosova's constitutional status and regional stability', introduced by Adem Demaci from the Dardania Association in Prishtina, a past winner of the European Parliament's Sakharov Prize for Human Rights, and Blerim Reka from the Kosova Institute for Euro-Atlantic Integration. On 5 March the challenging topic: 'How could Bosnia-Herzegovina become politically and economically viable?' was tackled by Professor Dragoljub Stojanov of Sarajevo University, who also heads the supervisory board of the Sarajevo Cantonal Agency for Privatization. On 5 February we were treated to an erudite and witty talk on 'Culture and political will - the case of present-day Bosnia-Herzegovina' by Ivo Zanic, author of several widely admired books on the role of myth and ritual in language, culture, politics and history. And on 8 January (replacing the scheduled meeting with Ylber Hysa, which had to be postponed due to visa problems) Dr Lynne Jones, a child psychiatrist based in Cambridge and long-standing friend and collaborator of The Bosnian Institute who spent a year working with war-traumatized children and their families in Gorazde and Foca, drew on the research she carried out there to introduce a thoughtful discussion under the intriguing title 'What Country is This?'

* The Bosnian Institute's Rat u Hrvatskoj i Bosni i Hercegovini 1991-1995, published in Sarajevo and Zagreb in 2000, will be appearing soon in English as The War in Croatia and Bosnia-Herzegovina 1991-1995 under the imprint of Frank Cass & Co. The Institute will also be associated with the English-language publication - by Saqi Books in London and New York University Press - of Ivan Lovrenovic's Bosnia - a Cultural History [Unutarnja zemlja], reviewed in Bosnia Report, new series no. 4.

* The International Crisis Group has just published an important book-length report After Milosevic: a practical agenda for lasting peace in the Balkans, which, in the words of ICG president Gareth Evans, 'argues that lasting peace depends crucially on institutional change, that future and final status issues have to be addressed sooner rather than later, that each country situation has its own unique dynamics, and that international policy cannot continue to drift, nervous and unfocused.' The report is available on


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