Programs by Country: Serbia


BALKANS: 20 yrs After Genocide: Conflict Resolution, National Reconstruction & European Union Politics in the Balkans

Dialogue of Civilizations | Belgrade, Serbia

Faculty co-leaders: Profs. Denis Sullivan and Will Lovely (d.sullivan@neu.edu and w.lovelyiii@neu.edu)

Study Abroad Coordinator: Daisy Biddle (d.biddle@neu.edu)

Term: Summer II

Courses: 

  • POLS 4938: International Politics Abroad
  • INTL 4944: Dialogue of Civilizations: Regional Engagement

Description:

Building off of conflict resolution & peace-building and nation-building themes, the Balkans Dialogue investigates conflict and post-conflict reconstruction in the former Yugoslavia (principally Bosnia-Herzegovina, Serbia, and Kosovo).  2015 is the 20th Anniversary of the end of the Bosnian War (1992-95), which included ethnic cleansing, genocide, and other war crimes - some of which are still being prosecuted 20 years later.   In this DOC,  we look especially at American efforts to end the bloody conflict in Bosnia (through the Dayton Accords) in 1995. Four years later, NATO and the US were also militarily involved in the Kosovo conflict, bombing Belgrade and other parts of Serbia.  using the case study approach, this course looks at the Balkans conflict from the break-up of Yugoslavia, the civil wars between and among a multiplicity of nationalist militias, parties and movements, and the US and NATO military strikes against Serbia during the 1990s.  We examine continuing efforts to bring war criminals to justice in The Hague as well as regional War Crimes Courts, and how this continues to impact Serbia's potential bid to join the EU and other international institutions (WTO, NATO).

SAMPLE Guest Lectures./topics include:

  • Balkans history, politics, and society
  • The fall of Yugoslavia, rise of independent "successor states"
  • Overthrowing a Dictator: the fall of Milosevic ("OTPOR!" Resistance movement)
  • War Crimes Prosecutions in Bosnia and in Serbia
  • The International Community (OHR, NATO, EU) in Bosnia, Serbia, and Kosovo
  • Islam, Christianity (Orthodox and Catholic) and Judaism in Bosnia
  • Bosnian politics post-Dayton
  • Serbian politics post-Milosevic
  • Bosnian-U.S. relations; Serbian-U.S. relations, the role of Russia, Turkey, and Arab states in Bosnia and Serbs