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Bosnia: Lessons Learned from 22 Years of Nation-Building

Ric Bainter, JD

The Dayton Peace Agreement, signed in 1995, ended the war in Bosnia. Twenty-two years later, the country remains under a Chapter VII UN Security Council mandate with a small, multi-national peacekeeping force and a significant international presence. The Office of the High Representative continues to oversee implementation of the Peace Agreement, and a separate EU mission works to bring Bosnia within the European Union. NATO and various UN agencies also maintain a presence in Bosnia. This lecture will explore what lessons have been, or could be, learned from the Bosnia experience.

Instructor: Ric Bainter has worked in Bosnia since January 2000. He served as legal counsel to the Provisional Election Commission and the OSCE Mission, and he continues to advise the Office of the High Representative. He has also worked on projects to promote democratic governance in Eastern Europe, South Sudan, and Vietnam. Bainter currently serves on the board of directors of Common Cause and the San Diego Diplomacy Council. He received his law degree from the University of Denver.

Coordinator: Steve Clarey

Course Number: OSHR-70122   Credit: 0 units


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