On Tuesday, December 20, 2016, Burch Diplomacy Club organized a public lecture by Mr. Christopher Bennett, the director of the Foundation for the Preservation of Historical Heritage and former Deputy High Representative to Bosnia and Herzegovina, on the topic of “Bosnia’s Paralyzed Peace”.
Mr. Bennett spoke about the political situation of BiH following the 1992-1995, which he characterizes as paralyzed in his book “Bosnia’s Paralyzed Peace”.
Mr. Bennett innovatively compared the country’s peace process to the movie Groundhog Day, in which the same day repeats over and over again until the main character makes the best of the situation given to him. He hopes that Bosnian elites would also make the best of the situation given to BiH until comprehensive constitutional reforms could be implemented.
Students actively participated in the lecture, asking several questions related to the topic. Mr. Bennett expressed a high degree of satisfaction with International Burch University, its campus, students and staff. He also commended Burch Diplomacy Club for superbly organizing the public lecture. After the lecture, Mr. Bennett met with Prof. Dr. Sanela Klarić, the Vice-Rector for International Relations and Scientific Cooperation, and the deans of the three faculties.
Mr. Bennett worked for various news outlets, including the Bloomberg News, the Financial Times, and the NATO Review. He was the Deputy High Representative to BiH from 2009 to 2013. Now, he is the director of the Foundation for the Preservation of Historical Heritage, which aims to preserve the rich historical heritage of Bosnia and Herzegovina. Mr. Bennett wrote “Yugoslavia’s Bloody Breakup” in 1995 and “Bosnia’s Paralyzed Peace” in 2015.