Professor Denis Sullivan led two dialogues to Jordan, Egypt, and the Balkans

September 20, 2013

Professor Sullivan and his students met with foreign dignitaries throughout the region and visited various historical landmarks on the dialogues Cairo: Post-Revolutionary Egypt and Arabic Language, and Balkans: Conflict Resolution and EU Accession Politics.

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Great Pyramids of Giza

On the first dialogue in Jordan, the students had the privilege of meeting His Excellency Sheikh Faisal Al-Sabah, member of the Ruling Family of Kuwait and former Kuwaiti Ambassador to Jordan.  Even though Sheikh Fasal was only in Jordan for a few days, he agreed to speak with the students at the SIT Learning Center.

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Meeting Sheikh Fasal

The group visited Ajloun Castle, built in 1184 by a cousin of the great Arab leader Saladin.  The castle was used as a base in his successful campaign to drive the Crusaders from Jordan.

Professor Sullivan then shifted gears and headed to the Balkans as he led his second dialogue with a new set of students.  The students listened to several lectures and received a tour of Sarajevo.  They visited the “War Crimes Tribunal Court” of Bosnia, seen below.

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War Crimes Tribunal Court

The students also had the privilege of meeting with the Grand Mufti of Bosnia and having a discussion with him.  The Grand Mufti is the most prominent religious leader in the country.

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Meeting with Grand Mufti

The group also met with Elvir Camdzic, the chief foreign policy advisor to Bakir Izetbegović, the Bosnian President of Bosnia-Herzegovina.  They were able to spend two hours with Mr. Camdzic, listening to his political analysis of governmental policies in the region.

Professor Sullivan and his students traveled to Mostar, a city divided between Croations, Muslims, and Serbians.  The bridge below was originally built between 1557 and 1567 by the son of a great Ottoman architect.  At the time, it was the widest man-made arch in the world.  The bridge was destroyed by Croation forces on November 9, 1993, but was reconstructed from 2001-2004.  This area and the city of Mostar haven been designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

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Bridge at Mostar

Further highlights from this trip include a visit to the Serbian Military Academy, a meeting at the Office of War Crimes Prosecutor, and a visit to the new American Embassy in Belgrade (which was accompanied by a meeting with the U.S. Ambassador to Serbia, Michael Kirby).

To learn more about Professor Sullivan’s dialogues, read more at his blog:

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