|Foundation to hold
Kosovo conference in Washington
October 20, 2007
The Lord Byron Foundation for Balkan Studies along with the The American
Council for Kosovo is set to hold a conference on Kosovo in Washington
on Tuesday, October 23 in the Capitol Hill Club.
The conference, titled, Kosovo: a Preventable Disaster seeks
to alert the policy makers that current Washington's policy on status of
Kosovo is not a sustainable long-term solution.
"The Conference organizers' premise is a simple one: A policy based
on inertia, fear, wishful thinking and fictitious assumptions cannot endure
critical examination. We hope to alert the public, and primarily the policy
making community, of the complacent foundation of falsity upon which America's
Kosovo policy has stood for too long," a statement from the Lord Byron
Foundation for Balkan Studies to Serbianna.com read.
"As you know, only a very small part of the Washington policy community,
or the politically active part of the American public, pays attention to
Kosovo," says James Jatras from the The American Council for Kosovo.
"Almost all of the policy options right now are bad because they all
think that independence, right now, by unilateral action, is the only possible
solution for Kosovo," says Jatras.
Jatras believes that the conference will not only point the weakness
of the prevailing policy options but also present an alternative.
"Our speakers, if not fully in agreement on all points, will express
perspectives that are congruent on the main controversy, the future of
Kosovo. For years the American policy community has been fed a steady bill
of fare in which the inevitability of Kosovo’s independence with arbitrarily
set deadlines was the only conceivable point of view," says Lord Byron
Foundation for Balkan Studies.
Lord Byron Foundation for Balkan Studies was founded by late Sir Alfred
Sherman in 1994 as a non-partisan research institute devoted to studying
the Balkan Peninsula in all its aspects.
The American Council for Kosovo is a U.S. nonprofit organization dedicated
to promoting a better American understanding of the Serbian province of
Kosovo and Metohija and of the critical American stake in the province's
Among the presenters at the conference will be former Canadian Ambassador
James Bissett, former New YorK Times reporter David Binder, Editor of The
National Interest and a senior fellow at The Nixon Center Nikolas Gvosdev,
Professor of Political Science at the Industrial College of the Armed Forces
Steven Meyer, Professor of Strategy, Naval War College John Schindler and
Bill Warner, Director of the Center for the Study of Political Islam.
Complete conference schedule is available