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Public Lecture: Bosnia's Paralyzed Peace

Dec 20, 2016

Dec 20, 2016 15:00 iCal

Mr. Chris Bennett, the foremost American expert on Bosnia and Herzegovina, will hold a public lecture for the students and staff of International Burch University on Tuesday, December 20, 2016 on the topic "Bosnia's Paralyzed Politics.“

 The lecture will be loosely based on his book of the same name published in 2015 by Oxford University Press and will discuss the near-constant gridlock that has prevented progress in Bosnia and Herzegovina. He will also speak about the possibility of renewed conflict in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

 Mr. Bennett lived in Bosnia and Herzegovina for a decade, first as a reporter immediately prior to the outbreak of war in Bosnia and Herzegovina and later in various official functions of the Office of the High Representative in Bosnia and Herzegovina, including Deputy High Representative between 2009 and 2013.

Bosnia's Paralyzed Politics

Christopher Bennett
Director of the Foundation for the Preservation of Historical Heritage

 Mr. Christopher Bennett obtained a history degree from the University College of London in Journalism in 1988 and then continued his studies at the London School of Economics and Political Sciences, majoring in International Relations. Afterwards, he obtained a Postgraduate Diploma (PGDip) at the City University Journalism School for newspaper journalism.

 After completing his studies in 1991, Mr. Bennett spent a year in Yugoslavia, reporting on the conflicts in Slovenia and Croatia as a freelance journalist. He then obtained employment at Bloomberg Business News as an energy correspondent. Mr. Bennett wrote and published a book on Yugoslavia, titled "Yugoslavia's Bloody Collapse: Causes, Course and Consequences" which details the secession of Slovenia, then Croatia, and finally Bosnia and Herzegovina from Yugoslavia and the ensuing war. While writing the book, Mr. Bennett worked as a part-time professor at the University of London and as a financial correspondent for the Financial Tiems on Sunday. 

 After the war in Bosnia and Herzegovina ended in 1995, Mr. Bennett worked in Bosnia and Herzegovina as a political analyst, deputy director, and director of the International Crisis Group's Balkan Program. In 1999, he returned to London to be a senior editor at the Institute for War and Peace Reporting. The following year, he became an editor for the NATO review, in which capacity he would spend the next six years.

 In 2006, Mr. Bennett returned to Bosnia and Herzegovina and worked in the Office of the High Representative in Bosnia and Herzegovina first as Communications Director, then as Deputy High Representative (2009 - 2013), and finally as Special Adviser. After spending seven years at the Office of the High Representative, Mr. Bennett became the Dreictor of the Foundation for the Preservation of Historical Heritage, which he still is. At the same time, he wrote and published "Bosnia's Paralyzed Peace," which is the topic of the public lecture.

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