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Elmira Bayrasli
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Elmira Bayrasli writes and works on global development issues. She is working on a book development that focuses on aid and entrepreneurship.

For the past several years, Elmira was the Vice President for Policy & Outreach at Endeavor, a global non-profit that supports High-Impact Entrepreneurs in emerging markets. Before joining Endeavor, Elmira was the Chief Spokesperson and Director of Press and Public Information at the OSCE Mission to Bosnia and Herzegovina in Sarajevo. In 1994, she joined Madeleine K. Albright’s team at the U.S. Mission to the United Nations, first in New York and then Washington D.C. In 1996 she received a White House Presidential Appointment assigned to the Secretary of State’s office. Upon Richard Holbrooke’s appointment to lead negotiations to break the Cyprus stalemate in 1998, Elmira was invited to join that team. She received her MA from Columbia University in Middle Eastern studies and BA from New York University in political science. She is a term member of the Council on Foreign Relations, has contributed to several books books and publications and is a frequent speaker and commentator about entrepreneurship and development issues.

Blog Entries by Elmira Bayrasli

Turning Bogota's Red Light Green: The Miracle of Microfinance

Posted September 12, 2011 | 14:31:35 (EST)

Bogota's red light district, zona roja, is gritty and grim. It teems with drug addicts, transvestites and menacing figures that circle heavily made up and skimpily clad women, some in see-through tops. Even at four in the afternoon, which was the only time it was safe for me to tour...

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Resolving Balkan War Crimes: Croatia, It's Your Turn

Posted May 31, 2011 | 16:30:42 (EST)

Last Thursday's arrest of Ratko Mladic, the Bosnian Serb general who commanded an army known for rape and ethnic cleansing, most notably the 1995 massacre of nearly 8,000 Muslim men and boys in Srebrenica, does not mean that the great crimes of the Balkan wars are...

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Turkey's Answer to the Armenian Question

Posted December 24, 2010 | 12:02:08 (EST)

Turkey dodged yet another bullet in the U.S. House of Representatives yesterday when a resolution "recognizing" the Armenian "genocide" failed to reach the floor for a vote. Had Resolution 252 gone before legislators, it, in all likelihood, would have passed. That is exactly what the powerful Armenian-American lobby is determined...

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Electing an Independent Bosnia: The High Representative Must Go

Posted October 2, 2010 | 13:15:39 (EST)

Bosnia holds elections on Sunday. The results are unlikely to quell the country's sharp ethnic animosities and ensuing political stalemate. "Bosnia Unraveling" has become a common headline. The country's Muslims, Croats, and Serbs, who fought a savage civil war in the 1990s, remain rivals. Bosnian Serbs continue to...

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