On May 24, 2013, GMF launched the first Transatlantic Leadership Seminar in the Balkans. The program took a combined cohort of fourteen American and European leaders on an expert-guided study of why certain regions rebound so resiliently from the failures of planned economy, trials of sectarian violence, and damage of international isolation and sanctions. The group visited three successor states of former Yugoslavia – Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, and Serbia – and met with over forty leaders from politics, business, and civil society to discuss key leadership lessons in reconciliation, international crisis management, nation and state building, mass movement mobilization, and economic recovery, among other themes and topics.
Highlights included meetings with Hasan Nuhanovic, a survivor of Srebrenica genocide and advocate for reconciliation through truth and justice; Vesna Pusic, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Croatia; Davor Bruketa, a young entrepreneur and cofounder of an award-winning advertising agency now expanding to the Caucuses and Central Europe; and Srdja Popovic, a founding member of OTPOR!, a non-violent resistance movement to Serbian President Slobodan Milosevic, now an advisor to democracy mass movements worldwide.
The inaugural Transatlantic Leadership Seminar was led by Ivan Vejvoda, Vice President of Programs at the German Marshall Fund of the United States.
First Transatlantic Leadership Seminar