Media Advisory: Expert available: Genocide 17 years later

On July 11, 1995, Bosnian Serb Gen. Ratko Mladic gave a speech that led to the massacre of Bosnian Muslims in the town of Srebrenica.  Between July 11 and July 22, 1995, more than 8,000 Bosnian Muslim men and boys were killed. Mladic is currently on trial for genocide at the International Criminal Court at The Hague.

Sarah Kenyon Lischer, Wake Forest University political science professor and genocide expert, is available to discuss the genocide and the possibilities for justice, consensus and reconciliation 17 years later.  Lischer visited the Srebrenica genocide memorial in June as part of her research on post-conflict politics.  She can share her perspective on the continuing political and religious tensions in Bosnia and explain why the international community— and particularly the United States, should pay attention to this anniversary.

In an op-ed published today in the Los Angeles Times, Lischer wrote, “future concord depends on the stories we tell” about the 1995 massacre of Bosnian Muslims in the town of Srebrenica.

Lischer is the author of “Dangerous Sanctuaries: Refugee Camps, Civil War, and the Dilemmas of Humanitarian Aid” and has written extensively about the genocide in Rwanda.


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