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Center for Balkan

Tel: 978-461-0909
Fax: 978-461-2552
[email protected]

April 9-10, 1999

Dear Friends,

Many of you have asked whether Friends of Bosnia will be hosting a grassroots conference this year. We are not in a position to do that on our own; however, we are happy to announce that FOB has made arrangements with The College of William & Mary in Virginia to accomodate the Bosnia-advocate community at a conference they have organized for APRIL 9-10, titled, BOSNIA AND THE BALKANS: CONFLICT AND RECONSTRUCTION. You will find details below.

We strongly endorse this effort by The College of William & Mary to address important issues raised by the Balkan conflict, and we are confident the conference would be enriched by the presence of the grassroots activist community. In addition, this event provides us an opportunity to continue our annual assembly that has been such an important source of education, inspiration, support and networking for those of us committed to peace in the Balkans.

FOB will be hosting the following events--specifically targeted for our community--in addition to those listed in the W&M; schedule.

PROGRAM 1: Jim Hooper, Balkan Action Council
DATE: Friday, April 9
TIME: 5:15 PM - 6:45 PM directly following the last lecture
Jim Hooper from the Balkan Action Council will discuss current developments in the Balkans including Kosovo. There will be ample opportunity for discussion from the floor. This program will be held prior to the 7:30 p.m. showing of "Calling the Ghosts," allowing for a much shorter dinner time; however, we felt that since many of you have already seen the movie, it would be o.k. if our activities conflicted with the beginning of the movie presentation, but allowed us to attend the discussion period afterwards beginning approx. at 8:30 p.m.

PROGRAM 2: Moderated discussion on Kosovo
DATE: Saturday, April 10
TIME: 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM (lunch) This will be a moderated discussion about current developments in Kosovo and what the activist community can do to support our agenda. While it would be premature to state here what our agenda is, we would assume that everyone agrees that the primary objective is to stop Serb aggression. Given the events of this week (March 15), it is impossible to say where things may be by April 9. This program will be held during the lunch time period. We may be able to have sandwiches provided at the site and will let you know.

PROGRAM 3: Optional
DATE: Saturday, April 10
TIME: 4:15 PM -
We still have available a period of time following the formal end of the conference on Satuday after 4:00 p.m. We did not schedule this because of uncertainty regarding peoples' travel plans. IF YOU ARE AVAILABLE AND WOULD LIKE TO MEET AGAIN ON SATURDAY DURING THIS TIME, PLEASE LET US KNOW BY EMAIL PRIOR TO THE CONFERENCE.

Sharon Webb / Glenn Ruga
Center for Balkan Development
47 East Street Hadley, MA 01035
Tel: 413-586-6450 Fax: 413-586-2415
NYC tel: 212-615-6414
[email protected]


Conflict and Reconstruction

Friday - Saturday
April 9-10, 1999
College of William and Mary
Williamsburg, VA

For the better part of a decade, news of the Balkan conflict has generated great international concern. The break-up of Yugoslavia and ongoing friction in Bosnia and Kosovo raise difficult questions about such issues as ethnic cleansing, war criminals, and the treatment of refugees. To address these and other topics, the College of William and Mary will host a conference of distinguished international experts from a variety of fields, including law, economics, journalism, political science, and foreign service. Their experience in the region will guide us as we examine the complex circumstances leading up to the present situation, and explore the difficulties involved in the reconstruction of a peaceful society after years of internal conflict.

"Bosnia and the Balkans: Conflict and Reconstruction" is sponsored jointly by the Reves Center for International Studies and the Institute of Bill of Rights Law at the College of William and Mary, and the Council for America's First Freedom in Richmond, Virginia.

For up-to-date conference information:


Friday, April 9, 1999

8:30 - 8:45 a.m.
Welcome remarks
Timothy J. Sullivan, President, College of William and Mary

8:45 - 10:00 a.m.
Panel 1: The Balkan Conflict in Perspective
Reneo Lukic: Professor of History, Universite Laval
Susan Woodward: Senior Fellow, The Brookings Institution
Warren Zimmermann, Moderator Professor of International and Public Affairs, Columbia University

10:00 - 10:45 a.m.
Keynote address
General Wesley K. Clark, Commander in Chief, United States European Command and Supreme Allied Commander Europe

10:45 - 11:00 a.m.

11:00 a.m. - 12:45 p.m.
Panel 2: Protection of Refugees and National Minorities
Bart Brown: Professor of Law, Chicago-Kent School of Law
Srdjan Dizdarevic: President, Helsinki Committee for Human Rights in Bosnia and Herzegovina
William Schabas: Dean, Law School, Universite de Quebec a Montreal
Linda Malone, Moderator
Professor of Law, Marshall-Wythe School of Law, College of William and Mary

1:00 - 2:15 p.m.
Luncheon address
($20 per person; limited seating)
Muhamed Sacirbey, Permanent Representative of Bosnia and Herzegovina to the United Nations

2:30 - 4:45 p.m.
Panel 3: International Law: Impunity and Post-Conflict Remedies
Richard Goldstone: Former Prosecutor, International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia
Roy Lee: Former Director, United Nations Office of Legal Affairs
Bianca Jagger: Advisory Committee of Human Rights Watch, America
Bartram Brown, Moderator Professor of Law, Chicago-Kent School of Law

7:30 p.m. � 9:30 p.m.
Film screening and discussion
"Calling the Ghosts: A Story About Rape, Women, and War"
Karmen Jelincic, Co-director
Williamsburg Regional Library Arts Center

Saturday, April 10, 1999

8:30 - 10:30 a.m.
Panel 4: Rebuilding Civil Society: Politics, Economics, Religion and the Media
Lenard Cohen, Professor of Political Science, Simon Fraser University
Zarko Papic, Resident Director, Independent Bureau for Humanitarian Issues
Jakob Finci, Soros Foundation/Open Society Fund Bosnia-Herzegovina
David Little: Senior Scholar, United States Institute of Peace
Mihailo Crnobrnja, Moderator 1999 Borgenicht Scholar-in-Residence, College of William and Mary

10:30 - 10:45 a.m.

10:45 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Panel 4 (continued)
Kemal Kurspahic, Washington Correspondent, Bosnian daily "Oslobodjenje"
Slobodan Pavlovic, Washington Correspondent, BETA News Agency

12:30 - 2:00 p.m.

2:00 - 4:00 - p.m.
Panel 5: The Future of the Balkans
John Lampe: Professor of History, University of Maryland, College Park;
Amir Pasic: Architect and Consultant Manager for "Mostar 2004
Laura Silber: New York Correspondent, Financial Times
Lawrence Eagleburger, Moderator Former United States Secretary of State


Please print the form below and send with payment to the College of William & Mary
NOTE: Friends of Bosnia needs to know if you are planning on participating in our events; please forward your registration info to us by e-mail ; or fax: 413-586-2415. We also welcome your input re the events we have planned, their timing, etc.


Organization: :_____________________________________________

Address: :__________________________________________________


Phone: :____________________________________________________

Fax: :_____________________________________________________

E-Mail: :__________________________________________________

Registration fee: $50 (waived for William and Mary students, faculty and staff)

Tickets for Ambassador Sacirbey's luncheon address on Friday, April 9 may be purchased for an additional $20. If you would like to attend, please complete the following:

Number of Places:___________

Dietary restrictions:________________________________

Name(s): :___________________________________________


Requests for luncheon must be submitted by April 1, 1999, and will be honored in the order they are received. Confirmation will be sent prior to the conference. Please make checks payable to The Endowment Association, College of William and Mary. Send registration form and payment to:

Jodi Fisler
Special Programs Officer
Reves Center for International Studies
College of William and Mary
P.O. Box 8795
Williamsburg, VA 23187-8795



train station is within walking distance to the College
(1-800-872-7245) - Reservations Required:
NY to Williamsburg - lv. 1:45 AM -- arr. 10:30 AM (daily) $70/one way lv. 11:10 AM -- arr. 6:40 PM (daily)
Williamsburg to NY - lv. 8:45 AM -- arr. 4:20 PM (Sun) $84/one way lv. 4:25 PM -- arr. 12:15 AM (Sun)

The closest airport is NEWPORT NEWS, about 20 min. away from College-- a $20 cab ride/$15 van ride. The next closest airport is RICHMOND, about 40 min. away. It is a larger airport and will likely have more connections.

Rental Van from NY
Please call/contact Sharon Webb to coordinate: 212-615-6414 / e-mail - [email protected]

Directions are on the conference web site: or call Jodi Fisler at number below



The Heritage Inn
Richmond Road (1 mile from campus); taxis available; continental breakfast included.
Group Rate: $56 + tax/night; 2 dbl. beds; or + $6 for king-size
Deadline: MARCH 25
Code: Friends of Bosnia

Governors Inn:
Near the Visitor's Center; 10 min. walk to edge of campus, or free bus service.
1-800-447-8679 x5746
Group Rate: $85/night; two dbl. beds
Deadline: MARCH 22

Other lodging

Williamsburg Hospitality House and the Colonial Williamsburg hotels.

Colonial Williamsburg hotels

Patrick Henry Inn.
Approx. a mile and a half from the campus
$75/night 757-229-9540.

Travel Lodge
Cab ride or long walk to campus

For information about other hotels in the area, call the Williamsburg Hotel-Motel Association at 1-800-446-9244. As rooms in Williamsburg are at a premium during the spring tourist season, you are encouraged to make reservations early.

For more information regarding conference:
Jodi Fisler
Special Programs Officer
Reves Center for International Studies
College of William and Mary
P.O. Box 8795
Williamsburg, VA 23187-8795
E-mail: [email protected]
Phone: (757)221-3424
Fax: (757)221-3597

For up-to-date conference information:

Friends of Bosnia
47 East Street Hadley, MA 01035
Tel: 413-586-6450
Fax: 413-586-2415
NYC tel: 212-615-6414
[email protected]