After Ethnic Cleansing: Lessons from Bosnia for the Caucasus

Tuesday, November 1, 2011
12:00pm - 1:30pm
1219 International Affairs Building

Please join the Harriman Institute for a talk by Gerald Toal, Virginia Tech. 

The phrase 'ethnic cleansing' was given meaning by the Bosnian war of 1992-95. The Dayton Accords that ended the war created the possibility of reversing the demographic consequences. Ostensibly, the Bosnian returns process was a success. Over one million people returned to their homes, almost half to places where they were an ethnic minority population. But no one claims to have reversed ethnic cleansing. This talk considers whether the Bosnian experience has lessons for protracted displacement in Abkhazia, South Ossetia and Nagorny Karabakh.