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The Lessons Of Yugoslavia

Science for Peace is currently organizing an international conference on “The Lessons of Yugoslavia”, to occur in March. The purpose is to use the Balkan breakdown as a prototype case in examining how we might avoid future conflicts involving ethnic or religious tensions, or failing that how to deal with them. The speakers come from a wide range of experience and thinking; many of them are from the former Yugoslavia. Support for this conference has come from the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade and from the Blumenfeld Fund. The conference will be dedicated to the memory of George and Alison Ignatieff. George is well-remembered at a past president of Science for Peace, and before that had been the Canadian Ambassador to Yugoslavia.

Tickets to the conference can be obtained in two ways. Invited participants may pre-register for a fee of $125. They will be guaranteed reserved seating in all events, summaries of prepared papers, as well as lunches and refreshments during the coffee breaks. Admission to half-day sessions will also be offered, depending on the availability of seating space, to members of the academic community, peace and humanitarian organizations, at $25 per session (morning or afternoon). Those attending on a sessional basis will be able to buy their own refreshments in adjacent coffee shops and cafeterias. There is also an evening panel discussion that is open to the public. Friday March 21. The topic of discussion is “What Killed Yugoslavia?”.

Cheques can be made out to Science for Peace, and mailed to the Science for Peace office. For further information please e-mail

A few of those from elsewhere, who have applied to attend the conference would appreciate being “billeted”, in order to reduce the costs. If any members in Toronto would be willing to offer such a billet, it would be very helpful. And the people involved will tend to be quite interesting. Please contact John Valleau at 905-729-3675,

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