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  • Worlds Apart: Bosnian Lessons for Global Security

    Author(s): Swanee Hunt
    Published: 2011
    Pages: 296
    Illustrations: 65 photographs (incl. 62 in color), 1 map
    Sales/Territorial Rights: World
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  • Author's Note xi

    Map of Yugoslavia xiii

    Prologue xv

    Acknowledgments xxii

    Context xxiii

    Part 1: War

    Section 1: Officialdom 3

    1. Inside: "Esteemed Mr. Carrington" 3

    2. Outside: A Convenient Euphemism 6

    3. Inside: Angels and Animals 8

    4. Outside: Carter and Conscience 11

    5. Inside: "if I Left, Everyone Would Flee" 13

    6. Outside: None of Our Business 16

    7. Inside: Silajdžić 17

    8. Outside: Unintended Consequences 19

    9. Inside: The Bread Factory 20

    10. Outside: Elegant Tables 23

    Section 2: Victims or Agents? 25

    11. Inside: The Unspeakable 25

    12. Outside: The Politics of Rape 27

    13. Inside: An Unlikely Soldier 30

    14. Outside: Happy Fourth of July 31

    15. Inside: Women on the Side 35

    16. Outside: Contact Sport 36

    Section 3: Deadly Stereotypes 38

    17. Inside: An Artificial War 38

    18. Outside: Clashes 40

    19. Inside: Crossing the Fault Line 41

    20. Outside: "The Truth of Garažde" 42

    21. Inside: Loyal 44

    22. Outside: Pentagon Sympathies 47

    23. Inside: Family Friends 49

    24. Outside: Extremists 52

    Section 4: Fissures and Connections 62

    25. Inside: Family Ties 62

    26. Outside: Federation 63

    27. Inside: School Days 66

    28. Outside: Forces and Counterforces 70

    29. Inside: Blood 73

    30. Outside: Trade-offs 75

    31. Inside: Grim Lullaby 78

    Section 5: The End Approaches 80

    32. Outside: Security and Cooperation 80

    33. Inside: Sarajevo Cinderalla 84

    34. Outside: failure at Srenbrenica 85

    35. Inside: Magbula's Parrot 89

    36. Outside: The Accident 93

    37. Inside: Boys Pretending 95

    38. Outside: Bombs and Bluffs 96

    39. Inside: Side by Side 99

    40. Outside: Decisions at Dayton 101

    Part II: Peace

    Section 6: After Dayton 111

    41. Inside: Morning Has Broken 111

    42. Outside: Waiting for Christmas 112

    43. Inside: Serb Exodus 115

    44. Outside: Refugees in Austria 117

    45. Inside: Refugees at the Residence 119

    46. Outside: Diplobabble 121

    47. Inside: Displaced 122

    48. Outside: Sowing and Reaping 123

    49. Inside: Banja Luka Bitterness 126

    Section 7: Imperfect Justice 129

    50. Outside: War Criminals 129

    51. Inside: Uncatchable 134

    52. Outside: Evenhanded 136

    53. Inside: No Justice in Srebrenica 138

    54. Outside: The Tribunal 140

    55. Inside: Waiting for the Truth 142

    56. Intelligence and Political Will 146

    57. Inside: Professor, Perpetrator, President 148

    Section 8: International Inadequecies 157

    58. Outside: The Fourth Warring Party 157

    59. City Signs 159

    60. Outside: Out of Step 161

    61. Inside: By a Thread 163

    62. Outside: Missing 164

    63. Inside: Surviving the Peace 166

    64. Outside: Press Tour 168

    Section 9: Women's Initiative 171

    65. Inside: Organized for Action 171

    66. Outside: Lyons 174

    67. Inside: "What's an NGO?" 178

    68. Outside: Skewed 180

    69. Inside: A League of Their Own 183

    70. Outside: "With All Due Respect" 184

    Section 10: Recreating Community 192

    71. Inside: Beethoven's Fifth 192

    72. Outside: "Neither Free Nor Fair" 195

    73. Inside: Sarajevo Red 197

    74. Outside: Re-Leaf 199

    75. Inside: Watermelons 200

    76. Outside: Arizona 202

    77. Inside: Three Hundred Gold Coins 204

    78. Outside: Mistrust in Mostar 208

    79. Inside: New Bridges 210

    80. Outside: Air Force One 211

    Bridging: Six Lessons 225

    1. Test Truisms 226

    2. Question Stereotypes 231

    3. Find Out-of-Power Allies 236

    4. Appreciate Domestic Dynamics 241

    5. Find Fault 246

    6. Embrace Responsibility 250

    Epilogue 259

    Notes 263

    Index 277

  • “This is a remarkable collection of insights... What is appealing about Hunt’s book is how she uses her view of the Balkans to promote a positive agenda both in Bosnia and elsewhere.” — Erik Jones, Survival

    “[A] strong argument for greater participation of women’s groups in peacemaking and reconstruction afer mass violence occurs. The book includes many personal anecdotes and Hunt’s thoughtful observations. For readers unfamiliar with the war and its aftermath, this personal yet analytic account provides a useful primer. Recommended. General readers and undergraduate students all levels.” — G. Conway, Choice

    “[Hunt] contributes a conceptual link between national security and engagement with people affected by our policies that is missing from the tool kit of US foreign policy, arguing for the necessity to overcome the ‘gulf between distant policy makers and the people on the scene’ and to not neglect the role that women should play in preventing conflict. . . . She offers fascinating insights into the policy dilemma facing the White House in how to handle a new post – Cold War Russia and Congress.” — Lawrence Butler, Mediterranean Quarterly

    “Amusing anecdotes litter the book. . . . [Hunt] attempts to form a coherent response to this tissue of half-truths and myths about the Balkans that she believes lay behind many of the fatal mistakes America and her allies made during the Bosnian wars.” — Ky Krauthamer, Transitions Online

    “Hunt has done a nice job of presenting her experiences in a clear fashion. . . . She ventured into Bosnia with little in the way of academic prejudice and saw things as a concerned human being. With that in mind, I was encouraged by her evenhanded view of Balkan topics, especially regarding sticking points like responsibility.” — Robert Niebuhr, Canadian Slavonic Papers

    “This book is anything but dry. It's sort of a behind the scenes look at why what happened happened and also why we (the Americans) and the rest of the world acted in the way that we did. I think Hunt did a great job at making this event and the facets of international relations that could be found within accessible to everyone. Bottom line: This is a great book that covers some important lessons!” — A Bookish Affair

    Worlds Apart reminds the reader how difficult and yet imperative is individual and collective action in the face of moral collapse. . . . . It took over a decade for Swanee Hunt to distill and to write the experiences from Bosnia. That history and its lessons remain eerily relevant today.”

    — Joanne Leedom-Ackerman, Christian Science Monitor

    “[T]he book is an absorbing read. . . . [G]eneral readers, students and activists will find much of value in a book that is more accessible than most academic works on the conflict. Academics and regional experts may not find much new material, but there are enough details and conversations with senior politicians to warrant reading it purely for the insight it offers into diplomatic and political life of the 1990s. . . .” — Jelena Obradovic-Wochnik, Times Higher Education Supplement

    “Ambassador Hunt has long championed a greater and more substantive role for women in political and civil life and this book is rich with illustrations why that cause is both worthy today and should have been employed much earlier in the Balkan unraveling that led to the wars over Bosnia and Kosovo. . . . Whether the reader may agree with Swanee Hunt’s opinions on Bosnia or not, one can come away from this book with some useful lessons to apply to areas of conflict generally.” — William P. Kiehl, American Diplomacy

    Reviews

  • “This is a remarkable collection of insights... What is appealing about Hunt’s book is how she uses her view of the Balkans to promote a positive agenda both in Bosnia and elsewhere.” — Erik Jones, Survival

    “[A] strong argument for greater participation of women’s groups in peacemaking and reconstruction afer mass violence occurs. The book includes many personal anecdotes and Hunt’s thoughtful observations. For readers unfamiliar with the war and its aftermath, this personal yet analytic account provides a useful primer. Recommended. General readers and undergraduate students all levels.” — G. Conway, Choice

    “[Hunt] contributes a conceptual link between national security and engagement with people affected by our policies that is missing from the tool kit of US foreign policy, arguing for the necessity to overcome the ‘gulf between distant policy makers and the people on the scene’ and to not neglect the role that women should play in preventing conflict. . . . She offers fascinating insights into the policy dilemma facing the White House in how to handle a new post – Cold War Russia and Congress.” — Lawrence Butler, Mediterranean Quarterly

    “Amusing anecdotes litter the book. . . . [Hunt] attempts to form a coherent response to this tissue of half-truths and myths about the Balkans that she believes lay behind many of the fatal mistakes America and her allies made during the Bosnian wars.” — Ky Krauthamer, Transitions Online

    “Hunt has done a nice job of presenting her experiences in a clear fashion. . . . She ventured into Bosnia with little in the way of academic prejudice and saw things as a concerned human being. With that in mind, I was encouraged by her evenhanded view of Balkan topics, especially regarding sticking points like responsibility.” — Robert Niebuhr, Canadian Slavonic Papers

    “This book is anything but dry. It's sort of a behind the scenes look at why what happened happened and also why we (the Americans) and the rest of the world acted in the way that we did. I think Hunt did a great job at making this event and the facets of international relations that could be found within accessible to everyone. Bottom line: This is a great book that covers some important lessons!” — A Bookish Affair

    Worlds Apart reminds the reader how difficult and yet imperative is individual and collective action in the face of moral collapse. . . . . It took over a decade for Swanee Hunt to distill and to write the experiences from Bosnia. That history and its lessons remain eerily relevant today.”

    — Joanne Leedom-Ackerman, Christian Science Monitor

    “[T]he book is an absorbing read. . . . [G]eneral readers, students and activists will find much of value in a book that is more accessible than most academic works on the conflict. Academics and regional experts may not find much new material, but there are enough details and conversations with senior politicians to warrant reading it purely for the insight it offers into diplomatic and political life of the 1990s. . . .” — Jelena Obradovic-Wochnik, Times Higher Education Supplement

    “Ambassador Hunt has long championed a greater and more substantive role for women in political and civil life and this book is rich with illustrations why that cause is both worthy today and should have been employed much earlier in the Balkan unraveling that led to the wars over Bosnia and Kosovo. . . . Whether the reader may agree with Swanee Hunt’s opinions on Bosnia or not, one can come away from this book with some useful lessons to apply to areas of conflict generally.” — William P. Kiehl, American Diplomacy

  • “Ambassador Hunt has given us a bold, firsthand, outspoken book. It comes as close as we’ve gotten to answering the wherefores of Bosnia’s stark violence. Her juxtaposition of inside realities and outside misconceptions is convincing support for the broader lessons she offers us.” — General John Galvin, former Supreme Allied Commander of NATO, and former Dean, Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University

    “Good research. Brilliant analysis. Important book. These lessons about global security are especially urgent in light of today’s headlines.” — Dan Rather, internationally acclaimed veteran newscaster

    “Swanee Hunt has written an intelligent, insightful, and highly readable account of the Bosnia conflict and America’s response to it. She brings to her analysis the passion appropriate to a firsthand account, together with a critical and sophisticated appreciation for the larger political context. Those interested in lessons important to future policy will not be disappointed. The book is an important addition to the literature on Bosnia, and on the continuing debate over appropriate circumstances for military intervention for humanitarian purposes.” — Ambassador Robert Gallucci, former Dean, Georgetown School of Foreign Service

    “The slaughter in Bosnia in the 1990s still haunts policymakers everywhere. With Worlds Apart, Swanee Hunt brings us all into the room alongside the decision makers at the center of an international crisis, and she simultaneously draws important lessons from those events for the resolution of future conflicts. It’s a compelling read for anyone motivated to learn those larger lessons from a tragedy that tested the will of the free world.” — Senator John Kerry, Chair, Senate Foreign Relations Committee

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  • Description

    Worlds Apart tells of a well-meaning foreign policy establishment often deaf to the voices of everyday people. Its focus is the Bosnian War, but its implications extend to any situation that prompts the consideration of military intervention on humanitarian grounds. Ambassador Swanee Hunt served in Vienna during the Bosnian War and was intimately involved in American policy toward the Balkans. During her tenure as ambassador and after, she made scores of trips throughout Bosnia and the rest of the former Yugoslavia, attempting to understand the costly delays in foreign military intervention. To that end, she had hundreds of conversations with a wide range of politicians, refugees, journalists, farmers, clergy, aid workers, diplomats, soldiers, and others. In Worlds Apart, Hunt’s eighty vignettes alternate between the people living out the war and “the internationals” deciding whether or how to intervene. From these stories, most of which she witnessed firsthand, she draws six lessons applicable to current conflicts throughout the world. These lessons cannot be learned from afar, Hunt says, with insiders and outsiders working apart. Only by bridging those worlds can we build a stronger paradigm of inclusive international security.

    About The Author(s)

    Swanee Hunt chairs the Washington-based Institute for Inclusive Security. During her tenure as US ambassador to Austria (1993–97), she hosted negotiations and symposia focused on securing the peace in the neighboring Balkan states. She is a member of the US Council on Foreign Relations, the Eleanor Roosevelt Lecturer in Public Policy at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government, and the president of Hunt Alternatives Fund. She has appeared on CNN, MSNBC, and NPR, and she has written for Foreign Affairs, Foreign Policy, the International Herald Tribune, the Chicago Tribune, the Los Angeles Times, the Boston Globe, and the Huffington Post, among other publications. She is the author of Half-Life of a Zealot and This Was Not Our War: Bosnian Women Reclaiming the Peace, both also published by Duke University Press.

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