reconciliation on the Balkans

Serbia’s Brand of Reconciliation: Embracing Old War Criminals

MATTHEW BRUNWASSER datetime=”2017-11-24T14:53:57-05:00″>NOV. 23, 2017

Observers also note the return of the political language of the 1990s by some senior Serbian government officials as they attack dissenters as traitors, spies and enemies.

The European Union warned against letting a war criminal give a lecture to the academy, but the general received high praise from the defense minister, Mr. Vulin, a former close political ally of Mr. Milosevic’s widow, Mirjana Markovic.

The public support for a war criminal appalled human rights activists and Western officials.

The American ambassador to Serbia, Kyle Scott, posted on Twitter in Serbian: “Unfortunately, months of work on improving Serbia’s image in the U.S. can be undermined with just one statement.”

Russian propaganda had influenced how the Serbian government portrays the difficult democratic reforms required by the bloc: they are cast as “pressure” from Brussels, enabling Serbian politicians to present resistance as patriotism.

Central European Forum 2017

Central European Forum 2017 / Programme


November 5, 2017

A Lesson in Defiance with Lyudmila Ulitskaya 

The celebrated Russian writer will discuss civil courage and civil reality in present-day Russia. The programme will include a reading from her novel Jacob’s Ladder, recently published in Ján Štrasser’s Slovak translation.

Party of Love

The power of negative emotions in politics cannot be countered by ridding it of emotions altogether. Forced ideologies combined with cynicism destroy politics. Where should we seek solutions?

Slavenka Drakulić (Zagreb) – Max Harris (Auckland/ Oxford) – Ivan Krastev (Sofia) – Tomáš Sedláček (Prague)

Evil, framed

SLAVENKA DRAKULIĆ 21 November 2017

this same photo was selected, by Time magazine and an international team of curators, to be among the 100 most influential photographs of all time.

Photo: Ron Haviv

Ron Haviv’s photo is a picture of war, any war. All the ingredients are here. But also of a civil war, of people who lived too close to each other not to kill one another with emotions.


killing fields of the Khmer Rouge

Hear survival stories of women who lived in the killing fields of the Khmer Rouge.

An expert on the Cambodian Genocide of 1975-79 will give a lecture and facilitate a student workshop April 11-12 at St. Cloud State.

Theresa de Langis is the creator of the Cambodian Women’s Oral History Project, which collects testimony about sexual- and gender-based crimes from that period.

Her visit is made possible through a partnership with the Khmer Legacy Museum in St. Paul. Her talks are sponsored by these St. Cloud State entities: Center for Holocaust and Genocide Education, Women’s Center, Department of Ethnic & Women’s Studies, and Department of History.