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Dayton Accords

Ukraine, the Theater, and Their Echoes

Bernard-Henri Lévy | Posted 04.26.2015 | World
Bernard-Henri Lévy

It has been a year, almost to the day, since the revolution in Ukraine overthrew the corrupt, tyrannical, and, in its last days, murderous regime of Viktor Yanukovych. To mark the anniversary of that event, President Petro Poroshenko invited me to the Kiev National Opera to perform my play, Hôtel Europe.

Can UN Peacekeepers Bring Ukraine Peace?

Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey | Posted 04.21.2015 | World
Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey

UN-mandated Peacekeepers have several negative implications for the Ukraine government, as well as the positive of securing at least a temporary halt to the fighting. On the negative side, the conflict becomes frozen in place with Ukraine effectively divided and potentially partitioned.

Construction According to Putin's Model, from Bosnia to Europe?

Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey | Posted 01.20.2015 | World
Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey

The scent of nationalism was present in the former-Yugoslavia before Vladimir Putin effectively assumed power in Moscow. Already during the early stages of the conflict in Bosnia & Herzegovina, "BiH"  solutions were being fashioned in the hope of, well appeasing is perhaps an appropriate term, those leaders in the region but also Moscow who saw feudal nationalism as the vehicle to replace authoritarian communism.

Helping Youth Be Bold

Global Kids | Posted 09.15.2014 | Impact
Global Kids

Ranti Ogunleye, photo courtesy of Julie Hassett-Sutton/Frantic Studio via Global Kids In 1996 I was a freshman in high school on the North Shore of ...

Europe Must Not Let Bosnia Drown

Bernard-Henri Lévy | Posted 07.29.2014 | World
Bernard-Henri Lévy

May this disaster -- in which the fury of the gods seems to have taken up where human fury left off -- at least serve to cast Bosnia's plight in sharp relief. May it remind each and every one of us of the duty to remember and repair that is our most fitting response to the outrage of 20 years ago.

Bosnian Sephardic Jews - Few But Influential

Stephen Schwartz | Posted 05.18.2014 | Religion
Stephen Schwartz

Sephardic voices continue to be heard in Bosnia-Herzegovina, providing an important alternative to a clogged system, obstructed progress, and hopelessness.

Who Will Get Sold Out at Syria Peace Talks?

Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey | Posted 03.22.2014 | World
Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey

All individual leaders -- and, for that matter, ideologies -- are expendable. No global or regional power or current leader should be allowed to claim as their own a shared future that first belongs to all Syria's citizens. That would be a sell-out!

Bosnia's Alamo -- Srebrenica?

Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey | Posted 09.01.2013 | World
Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey

From the massacre of all its defenders, "Remember the Alamo" became the call to victory. Executing all the defenders of Srebrenica and expelling all its Bosniak residents was the tactic that was intended to also wipe away all of Bosnia & Herzegovina.

Samantha Power -- Idealist or Ambassador?

Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey | Posted 08.11.2013 | World
Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey

The question that I have been asked is: Will Samantha Power be more inclined toward her idealist roots or the vast policy/political apparatus?

International Criminal Tribunal Born as Bastard?

Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey | Posted 07.30.2013 | World
Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey

I had the fortune to be there for the birth of both the ICTY and the ICC, and perhaps give a critical push then to the realization of what is still a work in progress today.

Tea & Bosnia With Lady Thatcher

Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey | Posted 06.17.2013 | World
Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey

Lady Thatcher invited me to her home as the Special Envoy as well as BiH UN Ambassador. The home, conversation, and the tea served was what one would expect: neat, direct, and English.

Besieged by an Agenda: The Sarajevo Haggadah

Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey | Posted 04.13.2013 | World
Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey

The trust and hope that I and others deposited with western democracies remains an illusion. Disillusioned with the Dayton Accords and current political delineations, BiH's citizens will have to recapture their own future through a revitalized, open political process.

Sarajevo, 1992-2012: What Future For A Broken Society?

Stephen Schwartz | Posted 05.30.2012 | Religion
Stephen Schwartz

A society that once stood for peace and mutual respect is, for now, free of ongoing collective violence, but has also been shorn of its legacy of intercommunal cooperation. What progress has been made for the ordinary people of Bosnia-Herzegovina?

President Clinton Reflects on the Bosnian War and Announces the First Clinton Global Initiative Commitment of 2011

Lauren Yanks | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Lauren Yanks

This Wednesday, February 9, I attended an event hosted by President Clinton titled, "America at a Crossroads: The Dayton Accords and the Beginning of ...

Richard Holbrooke: A Self-Described "Idealistic Realist, or Realistic Idealist"

Andrew Rosen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Andrew Rosen

Historically, lead diplomats have adhered to one school of thought -- I wanted to understand why Richard Holbrooke was different.

Richard Holbrooke: America's "Diplomatic Life-Saver"

Amb. Marc Ginsberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Amb. Marc Ginsberg

Richard Holbrooke never walked away from a global hot spot which defied easy solution -- he thrived on the hard, gritty diplomatic challenges that, to put it bluntly, either led to war or peace.

Fears That Bosnia May Again Erupt In War

New York Times | DAN BILEFSKY | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

SARAJEVO, Bosnia and Herzegovina -- Thirteen years after the United States brokered the Dayton peace agreement to end the ferocious ethnic war in the ...