2018 Summer Delegation to Bosnia and Herzegovina
Bosnia and Herzegovina is a fascinating country for exploring conflict resolution and is a place with special significance for the Karuna Center: It is there that our first in-depth peacebuilding programs took place, in the aftermath of the Bosnian war.
It has been 23 years since the Dayton Peace Accords ended the Bosnian War, the bloodiest conflict in Europe since World War II. Today, deep divides remain, and root causes of the violence have yet to be addressed. During this trip we will learn – in a very hands-on, experiential way – about some of the key, practical challenges to rebuilding a country and seeking reconciliation. Through our travels, we will gain extraordinary insight into the inspiring efforts of people working within this fragile context to resolve these issues – with the goal of building a lasting peace and preventing future violence.
We will travel the country, beginning with visits to the historic cities of Sarajevo and Mostar: sites of great suffering during the war and the focus of massive reconstruction projects since. We will then spend a week in the small town of Sanski Most, on the inter-entity boundary line between the Serb Republic and Bosnian Federation. There, we will spend time with the people of Centar za Izgradnju Mira (Center for Peacebuilding), a leading NGO working with youth and religious communities to advance dialogue and cross-community cooperation. We will explore the Center’s local efforts to address previous violence and also to mobilize communities to counter the rise of new extremist violence. The trip participants will also have the privilege to attend the commemoration at Srebrenica, the official site of the genocide, and spend time with the families of the victims.
Throughout the journey, lead facilitator Miki Jacevic will share his insight from more than 25 years experience working on peacebuilding in over 40 countries, especially on issues of prevention of violent conflict and transitional justice. With Miki’s guidance, we will meet with national and international policy makers and leading civil society organizations to understand directly how these complicated issues are tackled from a systemic perspective – in short, how to make peacebuilding aspirations a reality of concrete actions to advance peace and stability in a fragile context.
TENTATIVE TRAVEL ITINERARY
Mirsad “Miki” Jacevic is a seasoned peacebuilding practitioner, with over 25 years of work on issues of conflict prevention, conflict resolution, and transitional justice. He serves as Senior Peacebuilding Advisor at Karuna Center and Vice Chair at the Institute for Inclusive Security. He has directed conflict resolution programming in Afghanistan, Pakistan and Sudan, and previously managed country programs in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Colombia, and Liberia. He was instrumental in building an inclusive Afghan Peace and Reconstruction Programme, Liberian post-conflict development strategy, Colombian transitional justice and disarmament structures, and Pakistan police reform initiatives. In addition, he has worked in Guatemala, Nigeria, Kenya, Sudan, and has extensive experience in various aspects of post-conflict reconstruction in his native Balkans region.
Originally from Sarajevo, Mr. Jacevic assisted efforts to stop the bloodshed and promote post-war reconciliation. He directed the Emerging Leaders Project at the State of the World Forum and managed global reintegration efforts for child soldiers at Search for Common Ground. He and his wife, Guatemalan human rights leader Eva Contreras Morales, co-founded Global Youth Connect, an organization dedicated to mobilizing young people to prevent genocide. As the director of its Bosnia program for the last decade, he has led delegation of international students on a month-long tour of Bosnia, including annual commemoration of the genocide at Srebrenica.
June 26 to July 12, 2018
Please plan to arrive in time for a welcome dinner by 7pm on the 26th. Departures can be any time on the 12th.
April 30, 2018
The price includes program tuition, materials, local transportation around the country, shared accommodations, some meals, museum fees, and support for local organizations. The price does NOT include airfare, some meals, alcohol, tips, or shopping/entertainment.
This 40-minute film is about people taking action to stop the cycles of war and violence that have fractured and sometimes destroyed their communities. Focusing especially on the aftermath of the war in Bosnia-Herzegovina in the 1990s, it portrays the work of our conflict transformation projects around the world.