Dr. Adis Maksić | Head of Department
Holds a PhD in Planning, Governance and Globalization from Virginia Tech University. In November 2014, he defended an award-winning dissertation “Mobilizing for Ethnic Violence? Ethno-national Political Parties and the Dynamics of Ethno-politicization”, which examined the role of national movements in the ethno-political coflicts in Bosnia and the Republic of Georgia. Adis is the author of „Ethnic Mobilization, Violence and the Politics of Affect: Serb Democratic Party and the Bosnian War“, a widely acknowledged book published in 2017. He holds an MA degree in Political Science, obtained at Virginia Tech University. He also produced several articles in notable academic journals that examined the mobilizing power of ethno-nationalist discourses in both prewar and postwar Bosnia-Herzegovina. His ongoing research examines the role of political agency in nationalist mobilizations in the Balkans and the Caucuses.
- Dr. Jasmin Hasić
Holds a Ph.D. in Political Science from the Universite libre de Bruxelles and LUISS Guido Carli of Rome. His research interests revolve around diaspora studies and demographic changes associated with post-conflict migration, along with peacebuilding and transitional justice in multicultural societies. Jasmin holds an LL.B., and an LL.M. (Hon) from the University of Sarajevo. He completed his undergraduate education at Masaryk University in the Czech Republic, majoring in International Relations and European studies, and holds an M.A. degree in Political Science from Central European University. He currently serves as the Executive Director of Humanity in Action BiH, an international non-profit focused on minority and human rights. He has worked as a Research Analyst at the Centre for Security Studies in Sarajevo and as a legal associate at the Crime Suppression and Re-Socialization Initiative focusing on evaluating the efficacy of the Bosnian penal system reform.
A native of Sarajevo, Jasmin is fluent in English, Czech, Slovene, and Polish. He participated in several intensive international leadership programs in the US, the UK, France, and Germany. He is an alumnus of the British-Bosnian Fellowship, United Nations Alliance of Civilisations Program, and the Diplomacy and Diversity Fellowship
Dr. Selma Delalić
Holds M.Sc. and Ph.D. in International Relations and Diplomacy acquired at the Faculty of Political Science, University in Sarajevo. Her doctoral research examined the role of energy in Russian foreign policy. She has previously worked as professor and dean at the American University in B&H. She is also a certified British Council trainer for the following communication skills: presentation, negotiating, effective meeting, formal correspondence, writing project proposals, influencing and lobbying, leadership, conferences and debates. Selma has many years of experience in the law enforcement agencies of Bosnia and Herzegovina in the field of international cooperation, and participated in numerous projects, working groups, international and regional conferences and seminars, and went on study visits to law enforcement agencies of a large number of countries. Selma has published several scientific articles that examined the foreign policy making of Russia and the United States.
Dr. Samira Nuhanović
Samira Nuhanović teaches an introductory course in Political Science. Samira received her PhD in economics from the University of Trento (Italy) and European Research Center for Cooperatives and Social Enterprises (EURICSE, Italy). She holds a BA in Political Science and International Relations from the International Islamic University Malaysia (2006) and an MPhil in International Relations from the University of Cambridge, UK (2008). Her research interest include cooperative economics, economics of non-profit organizations and institutional economics. Over the past ten years, Samira worked in academia as a lecturer, for the Ministry of civil affairs of BiH as a political advisor to deputy minister, and director of social business incubator at the Mozaik Foundation. She is currently a director of research and development at Mozaik Foundation.
Dr. Anida Sokol
Anida Sokol holds a PhD in History of Europe from the Faculty of Political Science, Sapienza University of Rome and an MA in English Language and Literature, from the Faculty of Philosophy, University of Sarajevo. She was a PhD Basileus grant-holder and she worked as a research fellow at the Faculty of Humanities, Sapienza University of Rome. Her research interests included language policies and memory politics and currently she is working as a researcher and coordinator of research projects at Mediacentar Sarajevo. Her current research reports are mainly focused on media policies and freedom of expression in Bosnia and Herzegovina and the region. She teaches Politics and the Media and the Balkans and East Europe in World Politics.
Dr. Alija Kožljak
Holds a Ph.D. in Political science from the University of Political Science Sarajevo, exploring the policy of the UN Security Council in endorsing peace plans for Bosnia and Herzegovina. His wider research interests are entrenched in international relations, security strategies, foreign policy and diplomacy. He holds an M.A. in Security studies from the University of Political Science Sarajevo and an M.A. in International relation from the Kings College London, UK. He completed undergraduate education at the Military Academy in Belgrade, as well as the University of Political Science in Sarajevo. He has served as a professional military officer for more than 30 years, attaining the rank of Colonel. He worked at the MoD BiH, mostly dealing with international relations. He was recently appointed as the Military Representative of BiH to NATO, serving in Brussels for four years. He attended various form of education and training abroad, including the Leaders for 21st Century, at the George C. Marshal, GAP Germany; Joint General-staff Course at the BDCOL in Tartu, Estonia, Peacekeeping for decision Makers at the DIILS in Newport, USA; SUSI Academic Program ‘The US Foreign Policy’ in Florida University, USA; Royal College for Defense Studies at the RCDS in London UK, etc. He has published several books and articles that examine E-A security strategies, foreign policy and the efficiency of international organizations.
Dr. Veronica Czastkiewicz
Veronica Czastkiewicz holds her Ph.D. from Northeastern University in Boston, MA. She has collaborated with a diverse set of institutions in the past, including Cornell College, the University of Colorado, Colorado Community Colleges, and Jagiellonian University (Krakow, Poland). Her research focuses on American Public Policy, specifically Problem Definition. She has published on education policy, democracy and its discontents, and the ethics of teaching trauma and memory to students. With regard to the latter, she has brought students from the States to Germany and Poland to examine the role of memory in the post-World War II era. Dr. Czastkiewicz's conference presentations include New England Political Science Association meetings and Inter-Disciplinary.net's annual conference in Prague, Czech Republic. Dr. Czastkiewicz currently serves as a member on the American Political Science Association's Committee on the Status of Contingent Faculty. She has a visiting professor role with International Burch University in Sarajevo, where she lives with her partner and two sons.
Aiša Telalović, M.A.
Aiša Telalović has worked at Bosnian-American Friendship Association - Restart since January 2018 (Project Manager), focusing on social entrepreneurship. Prior to this, She worked at the Sector for Diaspora of the Ministry of Human Rights and Refugees of Bosnia and Herzegovina (Senior Expert Associate, and Acting Coordinator of the Sector for Diaspora Nov 2016 – October 2017), the British Council in Bosnia and Herzegovina (Information Manager, National Coordinator for Diversity and Equal Opportunity, 1996-2008), UNHCR Representation for Bosnia and Herzegovina (Project Assistant, 2009-2010), the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Bosnia and Herzegovina - Sector for Coordination of International Assistance (Expert Associate, 1996-1997), and the International Committee of the Red Cross - ICRC Sub-delegation in Zenica, Central Bosnia (Tracing Agency Field Officer 1992-1995). She graduated from the Faculty of Philosophy of the University of Sarajevo in February 1992 as a full-time student (Department for English and English Literature), and obtained her MA in International Policy and Diplomacy from Staffordshire University, UK in 2012. She has twenty-five years of experience in the fields of project management, migration, customer service, human rights, and public administration. She strongly believes that people matter most in any context.