A Critical Look at the Political Scene in the Former Yugoslav States: What Has Dayton Wrought?

Wednesday, March 9, 2011
12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Room 1219 International Affairs Building

Please join the Harriman Institute for a lecture by Bogdan Denitch, City University of New York.

This lecture/discussion will deal with the current political and social scene and players in the post-Dayton, Post-Yugoslav space. For the past few decades, the speaker has been an active participant in the oppositional and NGO scene, and thus a minor player himself. The major focus of the lecture will be on the main players, Serbia and Croatia, and on the chances for democracy and social justice. Attention will be paid to the problem of corruption in the area; whereas most states have mafias, Denitch will argue that in southeastern Europe, the mafias have states Denitch will also provide his views on the future of Bosnia and ethnic conflicts in Croatia and Kosovo. The speaker is very much a part of "the other Serbia and Croatia,. and as such is often in the local media. The gross failures of EU and US policies in the region will also be explored.

Bogdan Denitch holds a PhD from Columbia and from the University of Paris, one in Sociology and the other in Politics. He is the author of many books, including Ethnic Nationalism: the Tragic Death of Yugoslavia, The Legitimation of a Revolution, The Legitimation of Regimes, The End of the Cold War, and others on the former Yugoslavia, European Socialist and Social Democratic Movements and foreign policy. He has lectured at the State Department School of International Studies for more than a decade. Denitch has taught at Birkbeck College, the University of Paris, John Hopkins at Bologna, Zagreb and Ljubljana. Now Professor Emeritus at CUNY Graduate School, he spends roughly nine months a year in Croatia (on the island of Brac) where he runs a human rights NGO and a local Summer School on Democracy and Social Justice.