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Autor: ACBiH
Objavljeno: 26. Mar 2015. 15:03:02
The Advisory Council for Bosnia and Herzegovina, Emerging Democracies Institute and United Macedonian Diaspora

cordially invite you to a panel discussion

ISIS and Security of Western Balkan Communities


Ambassador Thomas C. Krajeski
Senior Adviser for Partner Engagement on Foreign Fighters
U.S. Department of State

Avenir Peka
Director of National Security Department
Democratic Party of Albania

Jacob Zenn
Eurasian and African Affairs Analyst
The Jamestown Foundation

Wednesday, April 1, 2015
2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Rayburn House Office Building, Room 2253
45 Independence Avenue, S.W.
Washington, D.C. 20515

Please RSVP at [email protected]

The emergence and rise of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) has brought into focus the security concerns within the Western Balkan communities. The primary cause of concern is the return of citizens of the Western Balkan countries from the wars in Syria and Iraq.

Participants will discuss the current security measures being undertaken to combat this global threat and the impact and implications of the returnee ISIS fighters on the long-term security in the Western Balkans as well as the United States and the EU.

Ambassador Thomas C. Krajeski is the Senior Adviser for Partner Engagement on Foreign Fighters in the Bureau of Counter-Terrorism at the U.S. Department of State. Since entering the Foreign Service in June 1979, Ambassador Krajeski has served in Nepal, India, Poland, Egypt, and the United Arab Emirates. His Washington assignments include the India Desk and the Operations Center. He served as the Ambassador to the Kingdom of Bahrain from 2011-2014. Prior to that post, Ambassador Krajeski was the Senior Vice President of the National Defense University (NDU) where he oversaw NDU's international programs and provided foreign policy perspective and advice to the University community. Ambassador Krajeski served at the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad as the Senior Adviser to the Ambassador on Northern Iraq Affairs in 2008-2009 and from 2007-2008, he served as the Director of Career Development and Assignments for the U.S. Department of State in Washington, D.C.

On July 30, 2004, he was sworn in as the American Ambassador to the Republic of Yemen where he served as the Chief of Mission at the U.S. Embassy in Sanaa until July 4, 2007. From 2001- 2004, Ambassador Krajeski was the Deputy Director, and subsequently, the Director of the Office of Northern Gulf Affairs (Iran and Iraq) in the Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs. From July - October 2003, Ambassador Krajeski served as a political adviser on Ambassador L. Paul Bremer's staff at The Coalition Provisional Authority (CPA) in Baghdad. Ambassador Krajeski received the President's Distinguished Service Award in 2007 for his service in Iraq and Yemen. The U.S. Department of State awarded Ambassador Krajeski five Superior Honor Awards. He studied the Russian language and literature at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Avenir Peka is the Director of the National Security Department in the Democratic Party of Albania where he is in charge of Defense, Intelligence and Terrorism issues. Prior to this role, Mr. Peka served as Deputy Minister of the Interior where he was in charge of Security and also served as National Security Adviser to the Prime Minister of Albania from March 2007 to December 2009. Mr. Peka represented the Government of Albania in several international arbitration cases. He served as a criminal lawyer with the United Nations Mission in Kosovo in the Office of International Prosecutors whose main task was to prosecute war crimes, terrorism and inter-ethnic crimes. Mr. Peka holds a Master of Public Administration from a joint program at the University of Tirana and University of Nebraska and a J.D. from the University of Tirana. Among several post-graduate studies, Mr. Peka obtained the Global Leadership and Public Policy certificate from the Harvard Kennedy School. Apart from his current role, Mr. Peka also teaches European Union Law at the University of Tirana.

Jacob Zenn is a Eurasian and African Affairs analyst at The Jamestown Foundation and non-resident research fellow of the Center for Security Programs in Astana, Kazakhstan and Center of Shanghai Cooperation Organization Studies (COSCOS) in Shanghai, China. In 2014, he co-authored a report with United States Institute of Peace (USIP) called "Preventing Violent Extremism in Kyrgyzstan" based on his field research in Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan and Afghanistan. His current focus is on the "Ideological and Operational Impact of the Islamic State Organization on the Periphery," including in regions such as the Balkans, West Africa, Central Asia, and Southeast Asia. Mr. Zenn received a J.D. from Georgetown Law, with the commendation of a Global Law Scholar in 2011, and earned a graduate certificate in international relations from Johns Hopkins SAIS campus in Nanjing, China in 2007. Mr. Zenn speaks Arabic, Chinese, Indonesian, Spanish and Russian fluently.

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