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Worlds Apart

Worlds Apart: Bosnian Lessons for Global Security

A virtual book tour and webinar featuring Ambassador Swanee Hunt Originally conducted Wednesday, July 27, 2011

The decision to intervene in countries facing conflict or humanitarian crisis is never lightly taken. The back-and-forth that led to the U.S. decision to intervene recently in Libya illustrates how policy-makers weigh the risk of military action against the potential cost – locally, nationally, and internationally – of caution. This situation, and many others like it in the last century or more, prompt us to question our notions of sovereignty, national interests, and the “responsibility to protect” victims of war or human rights violations.

Ambassador Swanee Hunt’s forthcoming book, Worlds Apart: Bosnian Lessons for Global Securitym>Worlds Apart: Bosnian Lessons for Global Security, considers these difficult questions through the lens of the Bosnian War. Worlds Apart tells of a well-meaning foreign policy establishment often deaf to the voices of everyday people. The stories in Worlds Apart, which Hunt culled from first-hand experience in the Balkans while serving as U.S. Ambassador to Austria, alternate between those living out the war and “the internationals” deciding whether and how to intervene. From these stories, she draws lessons applicable to any situation that prompts the consideration of military intervention on humanitarian grounds.

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Swanee Hunt, Eleanor Roosevelt Lecturer in Public Policy, was the Founding Director of the Women and Public Policy Program at the Kennedy School. She is currently core faculty at the Center for Public Leadership and senior advisor to the Working Group on Modern Day Slavery at the Carr Center for Human Rights. She has taught The Choreography of Social Movements at Harvard College and lectured at Harvard's business, law, divinity, and education graduate schools.

An expert on domestic policy and foreign affairs, Hunt also chairs the Washington-based Institute for Inclusive Security, conducting research, training, and advocacy to integrate women into peace processes. Her seminal work in this area began when, as the US Ambassador to Austria from 1993 to 1997, she hosted negotiations and international symposia focused on stabilizing the neighboring Balkan states and on the encouragement of women leaders throughout Eastern Europe. Building on her extensive work with US non-governmental organizations, she became a specialist in the role of women in post-communist Europe.

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