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Restoring a Multiethnic Bosnia
Wellesley College, Wellesley, Massachusetts
April 24-26, 1998
A national conference for the Bosnian-advocate
community, policy makers, journalists, scholars, students, and others
concerned with strengthening Bosnia as a nation and the promotion
of democracy, multi-ethnic tolerance, long-term peace, and justice.
Issues addressed will be the historical precedent for a multiethnic
Bosnia, the reconstruction of Bosnia's political and social institutions,
the need for justice following a genocidal war, the political climate
in neighboring Serbia, US policy in the region, and the current instabilities
in Kosovo. Workshops were held covering grassroots action, resettling
refugees in the U.S., and the current student protests in Kosovo.
|Selim Beslagic, mayor of Tuzla
and a staunch defender of a multiethnic Bosnia, speaking at
Sponsors: Friends of Bosnia and the Wellesley College Committee on
Lectures and Cultural Events
Panel 1: Demystifying Bosnia's Multiethnic
Rusmir Mahmutcehajic: (paper read by moderator) 1991-1992, Vice-President
of the BiH Government. Since 1996, President, Editorial Council, Dialogue:
Journal for Philosophy and Social Issues, Sarajevo
Michael Sells: Professor of Religion, Haverford College. Author of
The Bridge Betrayed: Religion and Genocide in Bosnia
Tom Cushman: Professor of Sociology, Wellesley College, coeditor of
This Time We Knew: Western Responses to Genocide in Bosnia
Panel 2: U.S. & Western Policy in the Balkans
George Biddle: Vice President, International Crisis Group
Steve Walker: Director, The Balkan Institute; former U.S. State Department
Croatian Desk Officer
Nina Bang-Jensen: Special Counsel and Advocacy Director, Coalition
for International Justice
Panel 3: Current Political Dynamics in the former Yugoslavia
and the aggression in Kosovo
Sonja Biserko: Chair, Helsinki Committee for Human Rights in Serbia
Ellen Elias-Bursac: Department of Slavic Languages and Literature,
Harvard University (Speaking on Croatia)
Julie Mertus: Professor in Law and Religion, Emory University School
of Law. Author of Open Wounds: Human Rights Abuses in Kosovo
Selim Beslagic: Mayor, Tuzla, BiH; President, United BH Social Democrats
Panel 4: Justice Compromised: The Status of War Crimes Prosecution
Sheila Berry: U.S. Department of State, Office of the Ambassador-at-Large
for War Crimes Issues
Senka Nozica: Helsinki Committee for Human Rights, Sarajevo
Fionnuala Ni Aolain: Faculty of Law, The Hebrew University, Jerusalem
Michael Scharf: Professor, New England School of Law. Author of Balkan
Justice: The Story Behind the First International Criminal Tribunal
Panel 5: initiatives for Reconciliation in the Balkans
Sara Kahn: Psychosocial Outreach Coordinator, Antemortem Database
Project, Physicians for Human Rights, Tuzla
Max Marcus: Bosnia Researcher, Human Rights Watch, Sarajevo/New York
Landrum R. Bolling: Director-at-Large (Balkan Region), Mercy Corps
Nina Bang-Jensen is Special Counsel and Advocacy Director for the
Coalition for International Justice, a not-for-profit, nongovernmental
organization created to provide support for the International Criminal
Tribunals for the former Yugoslavia and Rwanda in the form of technical
legal assistance, advocacy, and public education. Prior to joining
the Coalition, Ms. Bang-Jensen served for five years as Counsel
to Senator Joseph I. Lieberman (D-CT).
A Foreign Sevice Officer since 1985, Ms. Berry began a tour in the
State Department's Office of United National Political Affairs in
1992, where she was instrumental in the creation of the Yugoslav
Tribunal. In 1994, Ms. Berry was seconded by the State Department
to the Tribunal, where she functioned as political adviser to Judge
Richard Goldstone. From 1996 to 1997 Ms. Berry served in the Office
of the High Representative in Sarajevo, coordinating the international
community's involvement in discovering the fate of persons missing
as a result of the conflict in the former Yugoslavia. Ms. Berry
returned to Washington in 1997 to serve as special assistant to
Ambassador-at-Large for War Crimes Issues David Scheffer.
Chair, Helsinki Committee for Human Rights in Serbia. Founding member
of the Center for Anti-War Action (CAA), Belgrade. Organized the
first international meeting on severe breaches of humanitarian law
in the former Yugoslavia. Awarded the prize for human rights work
by the Lawyers Committee for Human Rights in New York. Foreign Service
Officer, Federal Ministry for Foreign Affairs, SFRY, 1974�1991.
Resigned from the Ministry in 1991 at the time of the dismemberment
of Yugoslavia in disagreement with the policies of the Rump Yugoslavia
Mayor of Tuzla, Bosnia and Herzegovina(BiH) and President of the
United BiH Social Democratic Party, was chief organizer of the defense
of the city of Tuzla when its citizens succeeded in turning back
the Yugoslav Army in April 1992 after a ferocious battle that secured
the Tuzla airfield, currently being used by U.S. peackeeeping forces
in the region. The upset was the first Bosnian victory in the war.
Beslagic is reknown for his anti-nationalist politics and has managed
to retain a multiethnic character to the city of Tuzla, during and
after the war.
George C. Biddle
Vice President of the International Crisis Group (ICG), a private,
multinational organization committed to strengthening the capacity
and resolve of the international community to anticipate, understand
and prevent man-made crises.
Previously, Mr. Biddle was the founding President of the Washington-based
Institute for Central American Studies (ICAS), a nonprofit organization
established in 1989 to assist the isthmus in its progression from
war to peace.
Mr. Biddle serves on the Board of Directors of the International
Rescue Committee (IRC) and is Chairman of the IRC�s Program Committee,
and a member of its Executive Committee. Mr. Biddle also served
on the Boards of Directors of Delphi International and the Center
for Sustainable Development in the Americas, and on the Advisory
Board of The Foundation for a Civil Society�s Project on Justice
in Times of Transition.
Before founding ICAS, Mr. Biddle served as Assistant to the President
at the Institute for East-West Security Studies in New York.
Landrum R. Bolling
Director-at-Large (Balkan Region), Mercy Corps International. Dr.
Bolling is Senior Advisor and Board Member of the Conflict Management
Group in Cambridge, Massachusetts, a nonprofit consulting firm that
originated from the Harvard University Program in Negotiation. He
is also Senior Fellow at the Center for International Policy in
Washington, DC. Dr. Bolling has authored or co-authored numerous
publications, including Search for Peace in the Middle East; Private
Foreign Aid; This is Germany; Reporters Under Fire; Private Diplomacy
With the Soviet Union; Conflict Resolution: and Track Two Diplomacy.
Thomas Cushman is Associate Professor and Chair of the Department
of Sociology at Wellesley College. He is the coeditor of This Time
We Knew: Western Responses to Genocide in Bosnia and author of Critical
Theory and the War in Bosnia. Mr. Cushman is the General Editor
of the book series on "Post-Communist Cultural Studies" published
by Penn State Press. He is currently at work on a sociological study
of trust in postwar Bosnia-Herzegovina.
Sara Kahn holds master�s degrees in both social work and public
health from Columbia University. Ms. Kahn has been involved in both
clinical treatment and program development for families and communities
in crisis. During the war in Bosnia-Herzegovina, Ms. Kahn helped
develop a psychosocial program for internally displaced families
in Zenica. More recently, she served as Psychosocial Consultant
to Physicians for Human Rights Antemortem Database and Identification
Projects, which seek to help identify bodies recovered from the
mass graves of Srebrenica.
Received his Ph.D. in 1980 from Zagreb University. Between 1991
and 1992 he was vice president of the Bosnia-Herzegovina government.
He resigned for not accepting then prevailing policy. He was also
a member of the Council of Universities in Sarajevo and Osijek and
president of the Committee for Social Issues in the Bosnia-Herzegovina
government. Since 1996, he has been the president of the Editorial
Council of Dialogue: Journal for Philosophy and Social Issues and
chief editor of the Blagaj Journal for Islamic Tradition and Bosniaks
Heritage. In 1997, he was elected the first president of the International
Forum Bosnia. He is widely published in his field of scientific
specialization and has published eighteen books of prose and philosophical
and political essays.
Julie Mertus is a Visiting Professor and Fellow in Law and Religion
at Emory University School of Law. Formerly Counsel to Helsinki
Watch (focusing on the former Yugoslavia), a Fulbright Scholar (in
Romania), a MacArthur Foundation peace fellow, and a Harvard Law
School Human Rights program visiting fellow, Ms. Mertus specializes
in ethnonational conflict and the human rights of women and ethnonational
minorities. She is the author of National Truths and coauthor of
Open Wounds: Human Rights Abuses in Kosovo. She is the coeditor
of The Suitcase: Refugees' Voices from Bosnia and Croatia.
Fionnuala Ni Aolain
Assistant Professor, International Law, Hebrew University, Jerusalem.
Visiting Professor, Columbia School of International and Public
Affairs, New York. Past Special Representative of the Prosecutor,
former Yugoslavia, monitoring domestic war crimes trials. Publications
in the field of international humanitarian law and international
human rights law. Ph.D. from Queens University, Belfast.
Michael A. Sells
Michael Sells is Professor of Comparative Religions at Haverford
College in Haverford, Penn. He is the author of The Bridge Betrayed:
Religion and Genocide in Bosnia. He is also the author of three
books and more than forty scholarly articles on religion and the
Bosnian conflict, Arabic literature, the Qur'an, and mysticism in
the Greek, Latin, and Arabic traditions.
The Bridge Betrayed has been honored with the 1997 American Academy
of Religion award for excellence in the historical study of religions.
The book has received major reviews in The New Republic, The San
Francisco Examiner, and the Toronto Globe & Mail, and a feature
article in the Philadelphia Inquirer. His earlier article, "Religious
Dimensions of Genocide in Bosnia" was honored with selection for
the volume: Common Era: The Best Writings in Religion, 1994.
Professor Sells is the president and founder of the Community of
Bosnia Foundation, which is dedicated to supporting a multireligious,
culturally pluralistic Bosnia and to helping Bosnians in tangible
Michael P. Scharf
Professor, New England School of Law. J.D. Duke University School
of Law. Worked in the Office of the Legal Adviser of the U.S. Department
of State, where he served as Attorney-Adviser for Law Enforcement
and Intelligence, Attorney-Adviser for U.N. Affairs, and a member
of the U.S. Delegations to the U.N. General Assembly and Human Rights
Commission. He is currently the managing director of the Public
International Law and Policy Group. Author of Balkan Justice: The
Story Behind the First International Criminal Tribunal Since Nuremberg.
Stephen W. Walker
Mr. Walker is the director of the Balkan Institute, Washington,
D.C., and former director of the American Committee to Save Bosnia.
A former U.S. career diplomat, he resigned from the State Department
in 1993 in protest over U.S. policy toward Bosnia. At the time of
his resignation, he was the State Department's Croatia Desk Officer
and a member of the Balkan Conflict Group in the Office of East
European Affairs. The Balkan Institute was formed in May 1995 to
educate the public on the nature of the crisis in the Balkans and
its humanitarian, political, and military consequences. Through
public education and discourse, it promotes a greater understanding
and higher level of awareness of the ongoing threats to peace in
the region and U.S. interests in the Balkans and beyond.