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Created by John Eipper on 04/30/14 5:14 AM

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WAIS Welcomes Amra Sabic-El-Rayess (John Eipper, USA, 04/30/14 5:14 am)

I'm pleased to introduce the newest WAISer, Amra Sabic-El-Rayess. A native of Bosnia, Amra was nominated by her colleague at Columbia University (NY), Henry Levin. She sends this bio:

Dr. Amra Sabic-El-Rayess obtained her doctorate in Comparative and International Education with specialization in Economics at Columbia University’s Teachers College in 2012. Her doctoral research examined the intricacies of corruption in higher education, and how such phenomenon usurps individual and societal aspirations of development. Dr. Sabic-El- Rayess holds a Masters of Philosophy (2010) and Masters in Economic and Political Development from Columbia University (2004), as well as a BA in Economics from Brown University (2000). She is a recipient of multiple awards, including 2012 grants by the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars’ Kennan Institute and International Research and Exchange Board; IREX’s Individual Advanced Research Opportunities Fellowship and others. Dr. Sabic-El-Rayess has worked in various capacities for Goldman Sachs, Deutsche Bank, UNDP, IFES, IMC, OSCE, and other globally renowned institutions. Dr. Sabic-El-Rayess is a Member of Bosnian-Herzegovinian American Academy of Arts and Sciences and has published on the issues of corruption, elitism, education, DDR, and transitional justice. In April of 2014, Dr. Sabic-El-Rayess joined the Board of Trustees of the International Center for Transitional Justice. She also serves on the Board of the Good Samaritan Hospital Foundation.

JE comments:  As indicated above, Amra recently joined the Board of Directors at the International Center for Transitional Justice.  Here is the ICTJ press release, which contains additional biographical details:

http://ictj.org/news/dr-amra-sabic-el-rayess-joins-ictj-board-directors

It's always a joy to bring in a new WAISer, and this week we've grown the family by two:  first Enrique Torner, and now Amra Sabic-El-Rayess.  Amra, to my knowledge, is the first Bosnian WAISer in our 49-year history.  (For the past two decades the Detroit area has been enriched by its large Bosnian community, which has survived and even thrived in the face of terrible adversity.)

I very much look forward to Amra's contributions to our discussions on education, economics, finance, and the complex and tumultuous history of the Balkans.

Welcome to WAIS, Amra!


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  • WAIS Welcome Amra Sabic-El-Rayess (Robert Whealey, USA 04/30/14 2:00 PM)
    I look forward to reading the comments of our new colleague Amra Sabic-El-Rayess. I'd like to remind WAISers that I published an e-book, American Intervention into the Yugoslavian Civil War, 1991-2000, in 2004.

    As an American citizen, I became critical of Clinton's intervention in Yugoslavia. The title of my book would guarantee that it would have a low circulation. It is a well-documented historical monograph which attempts to see history objectively. It is now out of date, but I have a few questions for Amra. Granted that Bosnia is now free of Serbian domination, but are the Bosnians now any better off under German domination?


    JE comments: I would assume the answer is "yes," although I look forward to hearing Amra's perspective.  WAIS commentary on the Balkans has been way too meager since the 2006 death of our colleague George Sassoon.  


    My on-the-fly response to Robert Whealey would be that "German domination" in 2014 is an abstract and distant concept, and doesn't involve the pátent horrors of ethnic cleansing and concentration camps.


    If Robert will send the link to his e-book, I'll be happy to post.



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