Localization of Women, Peace, and Security Agenda: Case Study of Six Local Governments in Bosnia and Herzegovina

Posted by Kika Babic-Svetlin, Miki Jacevic, and Mariam Mansury on September 28, 2016
Localization of Women, Peace, and Security Agenda: Case Study of Six Local Governments in Bosnia and Herzegovina

High-impact national action plans on women, peace, and security (NAPs) require a clear, holistic understanding of how different societies define peace and security. By emphasizing human security, the government of Bosnia and Herzegovina has used the NAP as a platform to achieve meaningful change at the community level. The Plan has facilitated a move away […]

Ambassador Swanee Hunt: “That’s What Will Give Us Another World”

Posted by on December 29, 2015

During her tenure as US Ambassador to Austria, Swanee Hunt helped organize the first commemoration of the Srebrenica massacre. In this video, she recalls “a turning point in my life”—when a Bosnian widow chose forgiveness over hatred. The woman’s words—”We are all mothers”—moved her to consider women’s powerful and underutilized role in creating peace. (Footage […]

Collaborative Approaches to Global Security: Connecting Worlds Apart

Posted by on October 30, 2015

The world said “never again,” but watched as Bosnia fell apart. A policy failure, rooted in disconnect between those at the table and those living at the heart of the violence. Zana Marjanović – Member, House of Representatives, Bosnian Parliament Amna Popovac – Owner, Studio 88 Radio Station October 15, 2015

In Bosnia, Who Picked Up the Pieces?

Posted by on October 15, 2015

The world said “never again,” but watched as Bosnia fell apart. A policy failure, rooted in disconnect between those at the table and those living at the heart of the violence. This video premiered at Collaborative Approaches to Global Security on October 15. Find out more: Watch the full event video View photos  Read the event […]

“The War Came Upon Us”

Posted by on July 7, 2015

A native of what is now Bosnia and Herzegovina, Inclusive Security’s Vice Chair, Mirsad “Miki” Jacevic, survived years of brutal siege in Sarajevo. In this video, he reflects that it was the women who held his family—and country—together.

20 Years After Srebrenica Massacre, Women Are the Healers

Posted by on July 6, 2015
20 Years After Srebrenica Massacre, Women Are the Healers

This article was originally published by The Boston Globe. As US Ambassador to Austria, I took part in a ceremony in May 1995 marking the half-century anniversary of the liberation of a Nazi concentration camp by American forces. One after another, envoys stood at the wreath-laying and declared: “Never again.” Yet within a few hundred […]

Ambassador Swanee Hunt: 20 Years After Bosnian Peace Accords, Women Still Give Me Hope

Posted by on May 21, 2015
Ambassador Swanee Hunt: 20 Years After Bosnian Peace Accords, Women Still Give Me Hope

To mark the 20th anniversary of the Dayton Peace Accords—which ended the Bosnian war—The Institute for Inclusive Security’s Founder and Chair, Ambassador Swanee Hunt, moderated a discussion by senior diplomats reflecting on the international community’s responses to the conflict. As US envoy to Austria from 1993-1997, Ambassador Hunt hosted negotiations and international symposia focused on […]

A Model National Action Plan in Bosnia and Herzegovina

This article, co-authored by Mariam Mansury and Samra Filipovic-Hadziabdic, was originally published by Building Peace. The vision of UN Security Council Resolution 1325, adopted on October 31, 2000, is historic: It recognizes women not only as victims of war but also as agents of change with the potential to stem violence, reconcile communities, and sustain […]

The Moment That Opened My Eyes to the Obvious

Swanee Hunt recalls “a turning point in my life” when a Bosnian widow chose forgiveness in the aftermath of the Srebrenica massacre. The woman’s words — “We are all mothers” — also spurred Hunt’s thinking on women’s role in creating peace.

For Action on Syria, Some Lessons from Bosnia

Posted by on December 2, 2012
For Action on Syria, Some Lessons from Bosnia

This article was originally published by Global Post. The city is under siege. Mortars turn apartment blocks to dust, as soldiers trade bullets and territory daily. Civilians hunker down in what shelter remains, without water or electricity. Families brave deadly sniper fire to seek food. A visit to neighbors, or commute to work, means maneuvering […]

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