Book Talk. The Butcher's Trail: How the Search for Balkan War Criminals Became the World's Most Successful Manhunt, by Julian Borger

Tuesday, February 9, 2016
12:00pm
Marshall D. Shulman Seminar Room (1219 International Affairs Building, 420 West 118th St.)

Please join the Harriman Institute and the Graduate School of Journalism for a talk with Julian Borger, diplomatic editor for The Guardian and author of the new book The Butcher's Trail: How the Search for Balkan War Criminals Became the World's Most Successful Manhunt.

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The gripping, untold story of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia and how the perpetrators of Balkan war crimes were captured by the most successful manhunt in history.

Written with a thrilling narrative pull, The Butcher’s Trail chronicles the pursuit and capture of the Balkan war criminals indicted by the Interna­tional Criminal Tribunal (ICTY) in The Hague. Borger recounts how Radovan Karadžić and Ratko Mladić were finally tracked down and put on trial in The Hague, and describes the intrigue behind the arrest of Slobodan Milošević, the Yugoslav president who became the first head of state to stand before an international tribunal for crimes perpetrated in a time of war. Based on interviews with former special forces sol­diers, intelligence officials, and investigators from a dozen countries—most speaking about their involvement for the first time—this book reconstructs a fourteen-year manhunt carried out almost entirely in secret.

Indicting the worst war criminals that Europe had known since the Nazi era, the ICTY ultimately accounted for all 161 suspects on its wanted list, a feat never before achieved in political and military history.

Julian Borger is the diplomatic editor for The Guardian. He covered the Bosnian War for the BBC and The Guardian, and returned to the Balkans to report on the Kosovo conflict in 1999. He also served as The Guardian’s Middle East correspondent and its Washington bureau chief. Borger was part of the Guardian team that won the 2014 Pulitzer Prize for public service journalism for its coverage of the Snowden files on mass surveillance. He was on the team awarded the 2013 Investigative Reporters and Editors (IRE) medal and the Paul Foot Special Investigation Award in the UK.

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