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AMERICAN PACEMAKING EXPERIENCE IN THE BALKANS – LESSONS FOR UKRAINE
February 15, 2018 @ 10:00 am
The United States played a leading role in ending wars that gripped the Balkans more than 20 years ago. Amid growing interest in the possibility of a peacekeeping mission in eastern Ukraine, a fresh look at American efforts in the former Yugoslavia is timely: What can be learned from the U.S. diplomatic experience in the Balkans that might be applied in the Ukrainian conflict?Ambassador James Pardew, former member of Richard Holbrooke’s negotiating team on the Balkans, will discuss insights captured in his new book, “Peacemakers: American Leadership and the End of Genocide in the Balkans.” Pardew, who was the lead U.S. negotiator for the Ohrid Agreement that ended the spread of violent conflict in Macedonia in 2001, will share practical lessons from the Balkans conflict and discuss their relevance to the prospect of a UN peacekeeping mission in Ukraine. Pardew’s panel will be followed by a conversation with other American and European experts assessing how the international experience in the Balkans can contribute to current peacekeeping strategies. Introduction: **William Taylor, Executive Vice President, U.S. Institute of Peace (former U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine) Speaker: **James Pardew, Former U.S. Ambassador to Bulgaria Panel: **John Herbst, Director of the Atlantic Council’s Dinu Patriciu Eurasia Center (former U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine) **Michael Haltzel, Foreign Policy Institute Senior Fellow at the Center for Transatlantic Relations, John Hopkins, School of Advanced International Studies **Sarah Mendelson, Distinguished Service Professor of Public Policy and Head of Carnegie Mellon University’s Heinz College of Information Systems and Public Policy and Former Representative of the U.S. on the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations **Boris Ruge, Deputy Head of Mission, German Embassy to the U.S. Moderator: **Charles North, Senior Advisor, U.S. Institute of Peace