The II International Conference on Findings of the Investigation of Events in Sarajevo and Srebrenica during the Bosnian War in 1991-1995

On October 6, the II International Conference "Findings of independent commissions: Serbian victims of the civil war in Sarajevo in 1991-1995 and victims of all nations in the area of Srebrenica in 1991-1995” will take place at 4:00 pm (Moscow Standard Time) in room 423 at MGIMO.

The event is hosted by the Department of Comparative Politics of MGIMO in cooperation with the International Institute for the Development of Scientific Cooperation (MIRNaS) with the support of the Balkan Club of MGIMO and the Serbian Association of MGIMO, the Republican Center for the Study of War, War Crimes and Search for Missing Persons in Banja Luka, and the Russian House in Belgrade.

During the event, independent international commissions will present their reports on (1) the investigation of events in Sarajevo in 1991-1995; and (2) the investigation of event in the area of Srebrenica in 1992-1995. The above mentioned commissions were established in the beginning of 2019 and completed their work in the end of 2020. The commissions included a group of independent international experts from Russia, the U.S., Israel, Germany, France, Australia, Italy, Serbia, Nigeria, and Japan. Unique materials describing military, political, economic and psychological aspects of the civil war in Bosnia and Herzegovina in the 1990s and its present-day consequences have been developed as a result of the serious work in numerous areas.

The outcome of almost two years of hard work is two extensive reports by the commissions, which recorded history of development of the conflicts in Sarajevo and Srebrenica; analyzed the role of radical Islam in BiH and the role of media in demonizing the Serbs; studied psychology and victims of the conflicting parties. The main findings of the reports will be presented during the conference.

The main findings of the commissions' work will be presented by Darko Tanaskovic (Serbia), former Professor of Oriental Studies at the University of Belgrade and former Head of Diplomatic Mission in the Vatican and Turkey, UNESCO diplomat; Patrick Barriot (France), retired colonel of the French army, expert in military medicine and disaster medicine with many years of experience around the world, including in the former Yugoslavia; Stephen Meyer (the United States), former senior official at CIA where he held different positions, but usually dealt with Europe and Russia. During the Yugoslav wars in the 1990s, he served as Deputy Chief of the Inter-Agency Balkan Task Forces (BTF) at the CIA headquarters, which consisted of representatives of several U.S. government agencies and departments; Maria Djurić (Serbia), Professor of Anatomy of the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Belgrade, who for twenty-four years has been in charge of the anthropological laboratory. Since 1998, Ms. Djurić has been using her anthropological skills working as part of multidisciplinary forensic teams, during excavation of mass graves, anthropological analysis of skeletal remains, and identification of victims.

Working languages of the conference are Russian and English with simultaneous interpretation. In order to participate, please register on TimePad.

Out-of-town attendees will be able participate online on Zoom. In order join on Zoom please click here.

Meeting ID: 892 6511 5187
Passcode: 849609

Information about the event is available on the official website of MGIMO.