Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Third Annual McCloskey Lecture:
“A Future for Eastern Europe and Southeast Europe”

The Russian and East European Institute and the Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures present the

Third Annual McCloskey Lecture:
“A Future for Eastern Europe and Southeast Europe”

Victor Jackovich
First US Ambassador to Bosnia and Herzegovina

Wednesday April 17, 4:00 pm
IMU University Club, President’s Room

Wine and cheese reception to follow the lecture

The annual McCloskey Lecture honors the memory of the late Frank McCloskey, who represented Indiana’s 8th District in Congress from 1983 to 1995. As a congressman who took a passionate interest in the Balkan conflicts of the 1990s, he withstood the resistance of his party and the White House by persistently advocating for US action to stop the genocide in former Yugoslavia. His efforts spurred US involvement in the diplomatic process that eventually led to the Dayton Accords of 1995. After an unsuccessful re-election campaign in 1994, McCloskey devoted his energies to the cause of ending ethnic strife in the Balkans, making numerous trips to Bosnia and serving the National Democratic Institute as Kosovo Director.

Following his graduation from IU in 1971 with BA/MA degrees in Slavic Languages and Literatures, Victor Jackovich embarked on a distinguished career in the US government spanning four decades. He directed the Department of State’s Task Force on the Balkan Crisis (1990–1991), headed the first US representation to the independent state of Moldova (1992) and led US delegations to international conferences on the Balkans in Geneva and elsewhere (1992–1993). He opened the US embassy in Bosnia (1994) and spent the conflict years in Bosnia as its first US ambassador (1992–1995), before going on to serve as US Ambassador to Slovenia (1995-1998) and Associate Director of the George Marshall European Center for Security Studies in Germany (1999-2002).

Persons with disabilities who wish to attend the lecture and would like to request assistance should contact the REEI office (812-855-7309 or reei@indiana.edu).