Croatia after Independence: Achievements and Challenges

Friday, February 27, 2009
12:00-1:30 pm
1219 International Affairs Building

The Harriman Institute presents a talk by Sabrina Ramet, Norwegian University of Science and Technology and Dean Vuletic, Columbia University.

Since the collapse of socialist Yugoslavia in 1991, Croatia has charted an independent course, successfully defending its borders in a four-year war against Serb insurgents backed by Belgrade. After nearly a decade under its controversial president, Franjo Tudjman, Croatia is now on track to join the European Union and NATO. Since the death of President Tudjman, Croatia has fought a resolute battle against crime and corruption, and has also faced a myriad of challenges ranging from press freedom to the desire of Serb refugees to return to their homes in Croatia to the attainment of civil partnerships by gays and lesbians. Ramet and Vuletic will address issues of political and economic transformation, foreign policy, religion, literature, gay/lesbian issues, anarchist activism, and Serb refugees.