On Thursday, October 31, Burch Diplomacy Club organized a guest lecture by BG Marti J. Bissell, Commander and Senior Military Representative NHQSA, on the topic “BiH’s current path to NATO and the benefits that Bosnia and Herzegovina might get from membership in the Alliance” for its members, as well as International Burch University students and faculty.
Upon her arrival, Bissell was welcomed by Assoc. Prof. Dr. Mersid Poturak, rector of International Burch University, Assist. Prof. Dr. Adis Maksić, the head of the Department of International Relations and European Studies and Mirza Tokić, the president of Burch Diplomacy Club. They had a meeting in the rectorate prior to the lecture.
Students from the Department of International Relations and Richmond Park College Sarajevo were given an opportunity to listen to the lecture about NATO, missions and values of the Alliance and about its goals. Bissell also talked about BiH’s current path toward NATO, the reasons why should BiH join NATO and what the obstacles on the path towards the organisation are.
Bissell first spoke about the history of NATO, which began on April 4, 1949, twelve countries made a commitment to each other to prevent potential aggression by any foreign power. The founding members included Belgium, Canada, Denmark, France, Iceland, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, the United Kingdom and the United States.