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 5 November 2001, when the UK publication of War in Croatia and Bosnia-Herzegovina 1992-1995 will be celebrated by an event under the joint auspices of publisher Frank Cass & Co. and The Bosnian Institute. Following a reception, Noel Malcolm will chair a panel discussion including Sven Alcalay, Bosnian ambassador to Washington from 1991 to 1998, and the editors of the book, Branka Magas and Ivo Zanic.
On 1 October 2001 one of our largest audiences to date listened to an inspiring address by Bishop Franjo Komarica of Banja Luka, who throughout the war and since has defended with courage and eloquence the ideal of a tolerant, multi-national and multi-confessional Bosnia-Herzegovina; this was followed by a magisterial survey (with slides) of cultural destruction in B-H and Kosova, under the title ‘The War on Memory’, by Andras Riedlmayer of the Fine Arts Library, Harvard University, who ha been active since 1991 in documenting the deliberate destruction of cultural heritage in south-east Europe and in efforts to recover and reconstruct some of what has been lost. On 3 September we had a lively discussion on the theme ‘Is there an Albanian Question’, led by a panel including Paulin Kola, Noel Malcolm, Gabriel Partos and Isa Zymberi. Prior to our summer break, on 2 July we were pleased to welcome the newly appointed Director South-East Europe at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, Alan Charlton, who presented an overview of ‘The Future of South-East Europe’ from a broadly FCO perspective. On 4 June a special meeting was devoted to a showing of ‘The Vineleaf and the Rose’, a powerful and moving documentary film on spiritual dimensions of the recent experience of B-H made by Nick Thorpe, currently reporting for the BBC on central and south-east Europe. Finally, on 14 May we were privileged to welcome Osman Topcagic, who is due to leave at the end of October after three very successful years as Ambassador of Bosnia-Herzegovina to the UK; he gave the audience a detailed and stimulating talk on the subject of ‘Bosnia-Herzegovina and European Integration’.
As can be seen from the advertisement on this page, the English-language edition of Ivan Lovrenovic’s Bosnia - a Cultural History [Unutarnja zemlja], reviewed in Bosnia Report, new series no. 4, is now available, published in association with The Bosnian Institute by Saqi Books in London and New York University Press.
Also published this autumn by Saqi Books in association with The Bosnian Institute (see advertisement on this page) is an important new study by Norman Cigar, Vojislav Kostunica and Serbia’s Future, which can be ordered directly from the Institute.
An important new report on Republika Srpska has just been published by the International Crisis Group, and is available on www.crisisweb.org