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March 20, 2012

Robert Jenkins, Director, Center for Slavic, Eurasian, and East European Studies

View of downtown Grbavica, a suburb of Sarajevo

Throughout the Cold War, Yugoslavia remained proudly independent in a bipolar world. Beneath the surface, however, nationalist tensions were mounting. While the rest of the world celebrated the 1989 collapse of totalitarian regimes across Europe and the wave of democratization that accompanied it, Yugoslavia devolved into war, ethnic cleansing, and atrocities unseen in Europe since World War II. Robert Jenkins, Carolina’s resident expert on these events, will review what transpired in Bosnia, Croatia, Serbia, and Kosovo over the 1990s, explain their significance, and look at the current state of the region.

Time: 3:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.