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Serbia's Presidential Elections and U.S. Interests

Recorded on June 15, 2004

Location: The Heritage Foundation's Lehrman Auditorium

After the electoral ouster of Slobodan Milosevic in October 2000, Serbia has been without a genuine president. During this period the Speaker of the Parliament has been forced to serve as Acting President, subsequent to the failure of later elections to successfully choose a replacement. With a number of recent changes in the electoral laws, the prospect of a new, democratically elected Serbian president emerging on June 13, 2004 is very real.

The outcome of this presidential election is pivotal to the future of Serbian-American relations. Not only will the result help to shape the path of America's strategic interests throughout the Balkans, it will also help determine the future status of the Serbian province of Kosovo-Metohija, currently under UN administration.

Please join us as we welcome three distinguished scholars to offer their unique perspective on these important issues.