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A Focus on Reforms: Bosnia and Herzegovina Vision 2020


Monday, 9 October 2017

Time 18.30 - 20.00

Wolfson Theatre, New Academic Building, LSE, London WC2A 2AE 


Adnan Muminović
Political Economic Advisor, Office of the EU Special Representative in Bosnia and Herzegovina

Michael Pugh
Emeritus Professor of Peace and Conflict Studies at the University of Bradford 

Welcome address

Sasha Toperich
Senior Fellow and Director of the Mediterranean Basin Initiative at the Center for Transatlantic Relations, Johns Hopkins University SAIS

Chair Dr Vesna Bojičić-Dželilović
Senior Research Fellow at the Civil Society and Human Security Research Unit, LSE and an LSEE Affiliate

The event is free and will operate on a first come, first served basis. 
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In November 2014, Germany and the UK launched a new policy initiative - a Reform Agenda for BiH - intended to facilitate structural socio-economic reforms for Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) that could be supported by the EU and endorsed by the entire political spectrum in BiH. The speakers will discuss the progress that has been made, identify obstacles that still remain, highlight failures, and recommend ways to move forward.

LSEE Research on South Eastern Europe and the Center for Transatlantic Relations invite you to attend this panel discussion as part of 
the book launch of 'Vision 2020: Bosnia and Herzegovina Towards Its European Future' (edited by Sasha Toperich, Heidi Obermeyer and Tea Ivanović), published by the CTR, Johns Hopkins University SAIS.



Speakers' biographies:

Vesna Bojičić-Dželilović is Senior Research Fellow at LSE Global Governance and a LSEE Research on South Eatsern Europe affiliate. Her main area of research is on the economic transition of former communist regimes, with a particular focus on the rise in informal practice, the political economy of conflict and post- conflict reconstruction. She holds a PhD in Economic Development from the University of Sarajevo.

Adnan Muminović serves as a Political Economic Advisor to the EU Special Representative in BiH. Prior to the EUSR, he interned at the German Bundestag in Berlin and Heinrich Boell Foundation in Washington D.C., and worked as a Political Advisor at the Norwegian Embassy in Sarajevo. Muminović currently also works as a Teaching Assistant at the School of Economics and Business in Sarajevo, where he teaches macroeconomics. He holds a B.A. in Economics from the School of Economic and Business in Sarajevo and an M.A. in European Studies from the Center for Interdisciplinary Studies of the University of Sarajevo. 

Michael Pugh is Emeritus Professor, University of Bradford, Visiting Professor, Nijmegen University and Hon. Prof. University of St Andrews. He was born in Middlesex towards the end of the second world war. His early university education was is New Zealand but was the first PhD in English and American Studies at the University of East Anglia. He subsequently lectured at the Universities of Southampton and Plymouth. His research areas include critical security studies with an emphasis on the political economy of peace formation, peacekeeping, humanitarianism and the UN. His regional focus is the Balkans where he conducts field research. He has frequently presented at conferences and is regularly consulted on peace-related issues.

Sasha Toperich is a Senior Fellow and Mediterranean Basin Initiative Director at the Center for Transatlantic Relations (CTR), at the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) of the Johns Hopkins University in Washington D.C. He is also the President of the America—Bosnia Foundation (ABF), President of the World Youth Leadership Network (WYLN), a business consultant to a number of companies worldwide. He is co-editor of the books Iraqi Kurdistan Region: A Path Forward (Brookings Institute/CTR, 2017), Vision 2020: Bosnia and Herzegovina Towards its European Future (Brookings Institute/CTR, 2017 and others. In 2002-2003, he was an advisor to the Ambassador of Bosnia and Herzegovina to the United Nations, from 2003-2007, he was a Special Envoy of the Presidency of Bosnia and Herzegovina to the United States; and in 2009 and 2010, he served as a Counselor at the Permanent Mission of Bosnia and Herzegovina to the United Nations.




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