SLU Hosts Bosnia-Herzegovina’s First Ambassador to the United Nations
Saint Louis University will host Muhamed Sacirbey, Bosnia-Herzegovina’s first ambassador to the United Nations, on Friday, Feb. 27 at 2 p.m. at the Pius XII Memorial Library (3650 Lindell Blvd., St. Louis, MO, 63108). The event is free and open to the public.
As Bosnia-Herzegovina’s first ambassador to the United Nations, Sacirbey became familiar to many Americans between 1992 and 1995 as an eloquent and impassioned advocate for the defense of Bosnia-Herzegovina against genocide and aggression. A native of Sarajevo, he moved to the U.S. with his family at the age of eleven. A graduate of Tulane Law School and the Columbia Business School, he served as legal counsel to Standard & Poor’s when the war against Bosnia-Herzegovina began.
In addition to serving as U.N. ambassador, Sacirbey served briefly as foreign minister of Bosnia-Herzegovina following the assassination of Irfan Ljubijankic, resigning in 1995 to protest the Dayton Accord’s accommodations of Slobobdan Milosevic and “ethnic cleansing.” A key figure in the founding of the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia, Ambassador Sacirbey remains a tireless proponent of justice for Bosnians living at home and abroad.
The event is sponsored by:
- Center for International Studies
- Department of Sociology and Anthropology
- Russian and Eastern European Studies Program
- Boeing Institute of International Business
- Co-sponsored by St. Louis Bosnians, Inc. and the Bosnia Memory Project