Vice Chair Mirsad “Miki” Jacevic has been integral to the conceptualization and the work of Inclusive Security since its founding in 1999. A native of Sarajevo, he attributes his inspiration to his experience supporting women peacebuilders working to stop the bloodshed and promote reconciliation in war-torn Bosnia and Herzegovina. Now, after two decades of finding practical solutions to seemingly intractable conflicts in more than 40 regions, he leads Inclusive Security’s effort to promote lasting, systemic change around the world by developing national action plans that ensure women’s leadership in peace and security affairs.
In between, Mr. Jacevic has played numerous roles within the organization. Early on, he fostered information exchanges and cooperation among members of the Women Waging Peace Network. He directed intensive programming in Afghanistan and Pakistan and also managed country programs in Bosnia, Colombia, and Liberia. A gifted teacher who saw the need to share pragmatic lessons in conflict prevention and stabilization, he was the primary author of Inclusive Security’s groundbreaking curriculum, based on years of experience in volatile regions. Besides overseeing training programs and consultations, he forged strategic partnerships with groups such as the Organization of American States, the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe, and the UN Development Programme on innovative approaches to conflict resolution.
More recently, Mr. Jacevic has been at the forefront of Inclusive Security’s efforts to design and implement high-impact national action plans in countries around the globe, as a tool to help governments make measurable progress on women’s inclusion – and help civil society members to hold them accountable. In just the past three years, he has worked directly with more than 30 governments in Africa, Asia, Europe, and Latin America on projects ranging from the development of a first-time plan, as in Afghanistan, Brazil, and Indonesia, to evaluating the impact of a current plan, as in Bosnia, Finland, and Liberia. Besides leading engagements with specific countries, he helps shape the program’s strategic vision and oversees regional gatherings of government and civil society representatives to ensure sharing of lessons and commitments to our systemic approach.
Before joining Inclusive Security, Mr. Jacevic directed the Emerging Leaders Project at the State of the World Forum and managed reintegration efforts for child soldiers at Search for Common Ground. He is a PhD candidate at George Mason University’s School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution, and he teaches at American University, Georgetown University, and the School for International Training, with a special focus on transitional justice. He and his wife, Guatemalan human rights activist Eva Morales, live near Washington, DC with their two children.
Posts by Miki
- Celebrating Malala – and Women as Leaders for Peace
- An Open Thank You Letter to the US Embassy in Islamabad, Pakistan
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