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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 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 future.

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 here.

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