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Learning From The Past, Living For The Future

Sheryl Olitzky | Posted 02.09.2016 | Women
Sheryl Olitzky

I just returned from a trip to the Balkans. This Building Bridges Journey brought Muslim and Jewish women from the Sisterhood of Salaam Shalom to Bos...

Who Is More American Than Donald Trump?

Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey | Posted 01.29.2016 | Politics
Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey

Without absorbing that the Constitution is the foundation of the United States, it is pointless to claim to be an American, except perhaps by coincidence of birth.

The Endless Balkan Language Politics Circus

Zarko Perovic | Posted 01.27.2016 | Politics
Zarko Perovic

Last year, on June 23, the President of the Bosnian Serb Republic Milorad Dodik stated that the Bosnian language does not exist. He claimed that only the Bosniak, Croat, and Serbian languages exist. In response, Bosniak parents moved their children from school into temporary classes to learn Bosnian instead of Bosniak.

Bowie: A World Class Humanitarian

David L. Phillips | Posted 01.13.2016 | World
David L. Phillips

I met David Bowie in 1994, during the war in Bosnia. Bowie was deeply troubled by ethnic cleansing of Bosniak Muslims by Croats and Serbs.

Christmas Is Saved After Miracle Rescue

The Huffington Post | Landess Kearns | Posted 12.22.2015 | Good News

For a blind dog named Christmas, this holiday season has been nothing short of a miracle. According to a video produced by animal rescue organization...

The Side Of War That We Can't Afford To Overlook Anymore

OWN | Lisa Capretto | Posted 12.10.2015 | OWN

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Coming Home: How Religion Can Be a Healing Balm for Veterans

David Briggs | Posted 12.02.2015 | Religion
David Briggs

Religious communities can provide important sources of social support. Personal faith can provide solace and a sense of hope to men and women who endure constant stress and may have experienced traumatic events.

A Ray Of Hope For Victims Of Anti-LGBT Violence In Bosnia?

Reuters | Curtis M. Wong | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

SARAJEVO (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Ivan has not told his parents, or many friends, that he's gay. "I want to tell them, of course," he said. "Ev...

A New Generation of Terrorists Has Dawned

Mirnes Kovac | Posted 11.29.2015 | World
Mirnes Kovac

Radical ideologies and those who think they can use them, ultimately turn against their creators and those who tried to manipulate with them. Many used ISIS and its previous incarnations around the world thinking that they are using them, when in fact, those fanatics had effectively used them.

For Veterans Day Next Year: Let's Stay Out of Unnecessary Foreign Wars

Doug Bandow | Posted 11.25.2015 | World
Doug Bandow

The U.S. was born in war. Sometimes military action is necessary. But not often. Indeed, virtually never these days. Almost all of the conflicts so often initiated or joined by Washington implicate no important, let alone vital, interests. Most are far more likely to undermine than advance liberty and peace.

Bosnia's War Ended, But Not Its Ethnic Politics

Carl Thor Dahlman, PhD | Posted 11.19.2015 | World
Carl Thor Dahlman, PhD

The lessons from Bosnia shaped responses to Rwanda, Kosovo, Macedonia, Cyprus, East Timor and the conflicts in the South Caucasus and the Middle East. In effect, the international community -- the Western one at least -- learned that stopping a war is hard enough; rebuilding a functional country is nearly impossible.

Dayton's Broken Justice

Kyle Delbyck | Posted 11.18.2015 | World
Kyle Delbyck

With both RS and FBiH still entrenched in their respective, opposing accounts of what transpired during the war, these trials operated as bastions of ethnic bias, failing to satisfy aggrieved communities throughout Bosnia.

Do U.S. & EU Now Need Bosnia as Partner Even More Than Vice Versa?

Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey | Posted 11.17.2015 | World
Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey

Rather than be source of creating false barriers between the U.S. and BiH, we must move beyond the Dayton Accords, regardless of how we judge it historically, to the next level of advancement of shared strategic interests and political values.

Defining Welcome to Refugees by Religion, Race, or Ethnicity Aids Haters & Conflict

Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey | Posted 11.11.2015 | World
Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey

Religion, race, ethnicity, or even tribe, (as in South Sudan), are frequently employed as the weapon to target potential victims and as means for authoritarian political leaders to rationalize their hold on power by promoting fear of the other and hate.

Dayton Accords Defined the Past Not the Future?

Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey | Posted 11.05.2015 | World
Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey

Two decades after the Dayton Accords, the question is not about what happened during the three weeks of negotiations, but why is Bosnia & Herzegovina ("BiH") still defined by and stuck in that period and the conflict that it ended.

Prosecuting Death Penalty Executioners?

Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey | Posted 10.22.2015 | World
Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey

Should those imposing the death penalty be prosecuted for grave violations of international humanitarian law? Too many states, from Iran, Saudi Arabia, China to the US, still execute persons, and frequently for crimes that under international law are not considered "most serious crimes."

Lessons from Bosnia for Syria

David L. Phillips | Posted 10.06.2015 | World
David L. Phillips

There are striking parallels between Syria today and what happened in Bosnia in the 1990s. More than 100,000 people died and several million were displaced in Bosnia between 1991 and 1995. The conflict between Serbs, Croats, and Bosniak Muslims seemed intractable.

Washington Responsible for Collapse of Iraq and Rise of the Islamic State

Doug Bandow | Posted 10.06.2015 | World
Doug Bandow

President Bush is most responsible for the ISIS deluge. The Obama administration has played a malign, but secondary, role. Like its predecessor, it also intervened too much rather than too little. For instance, President Obama continued to back Iraq's Maliki government despite the latter's sectarian excesses.

Putin Drops the Bombs and Deals the Cards in Syria and Ukraine

Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey | Posted 10.05.2015 | World
Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey

The challenge of Putin as well as ISIS requires an answer beyond avoidance and containment. The threat is immediate but also the challenge to the rule of law and the ideology upon which free and democratic states have prospered as societies and economies over the last few decades.

Should Crimes Against the Environment & Animals Deserve International Prosecution?

Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey | Posted 09.22.2015 | Green
Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey

Should crimes against the environment and animals be addressed by an international criminal code and prosecuted by an international tribunal, particularly if national courts are unwilling, unable or deemed inadequate?

Seduction Diplomacy

Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey | Posted 09.03.2015 | World
Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey

As nationalism may seduce the masses, so may vanity have the same effect upon individual diplomats engaged in conflict resolution. While some may debate what strategic interests, conspiracies or prejudices are at play in motivating policy, too frequently it may be the egos of the personalities involved.

A Day of Rage

Anthony Lake | Posted 08.17.2015 | World
Anthony Lake

Women and girls are not only seen as the spoils of war and conflict, but their rape has been used as an instrument of war to terrorize populations and enemies into surrender and submission. They become the particular victims of genocide.

Why You Should Include Bosnia in Your Itinerary

College Tourist | Posted 07.31.2015 | Travel
College Tourist

By College Tourist; Author: Hannah McIntyre, Spring Hill College Here's how Bosnia stole my heart and why you should make a trip there part of your ...

Is MH17 Putin's Katyn Wood Massacre?

Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey | Posted 07.24.2015 | World
Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey

Blocking accountability and seeking to blame others for its crimes, even when premeditated is a KGB tactic, but only marginally successful. Putin should have learned the lesson that the truth is bound to come through.

My Reflections on Srebrenica

Yasmina Blackburn | Posted 07.13.2015 | World
Yasmina Blackburn

If this type of evil happened once; it can happen again. It's like a bitter taste in your mouth even in times of peace. Knowing that human beings are capable of such evil is a stark reality to come to terms with.