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Acknowledgments My account of the US-led intervention in the former Yugoslavia would never have been possible without active support from many people. First, Secretary of Defense William Perry and Undersecretary for Policy Walt Slocombe launched me into the uncharted professional waters of international diplomacy by selecting me to represent their department in Richard Holbrooke’s negotiating group. The experiences leading to the Dayton Agreement in 1995 that I shared with other members of the Holbrooke team—Brigadier General Don Kerrick, Lieutenant General Wes Clark, Roberts Owen, and Chris Hill—were unforgettable. During the Dayton talks, Mark Sawoski gave me valuable assistance on negotiations involving territory and the military annex of the agreement. Holbrooke, for his part, accepted me as an integral member of his team and then brought me over to the State Department, where I remained engaged in Balkans issues until 2008. At the State Department, I particularly appreciated the guidance and help from Nick Burns, Jim Dobbins, Marc Grossman, John Kornblum, and Jim O’Brien at critical points along the way. In the Train and Equip Task Force, I was fortunate to have support from an amazing group of creative and energetic people who worked through controversy and opposition to make possible the US commitment to help the Bosnian people with their future security. That group of professionals included Chuck Franklin, John Glassman, Raffi Gregorian, Chris Lamb, Stu McFarren, John Klekas, and Angel Rabassa as well as Richard McKrensky at the US embassy in Sarajevo. In the field, Ambassadors Chris Dell, John Menzies, and Bill Montgomery became close colleagues as we wrestled with tough Balkan problems in Bosnia, Serbia, and Kosovo. Two people were essential to negotiating the Ohrid Agreement in Macedonia : François Leotard and Laurel Miller. I could never have asked for a better EU negotiating partner than Leotard, who was a calming, thoughtful force throughout the negotiations. Miller’s judgment and advice at critical moments led to the success of the negotiations. In addition to Miller, 348 Acknowledgments Leotard and I were supported by an amazing group of young professional European diplomats and lawyers, including Fernando Gentilini, Arnaud Barthelemy, Axel Dittmann, and Thomas Markert. Credit for the Ohrid Agreement also belongs to Javier Solana of the EU and Lord George Robertson of NATO, who laid the groundwork for our negotiations and made personal interventions at decisive moments in the process. At home, Kathy was wonderful as the first-cut reviewer, proofreader, and encourager in chief when the writing and the administration involved in preparing this book for publication stretched out longer than imagined. I also must give special thanks to George C. Herring, Don Kerrick, John Klekas, and Chris Lamb for their thoughtful review of important sections of the book. Angela Cannon at the European Division was especially helpful during my research at the Library of Congress. At the University Press of Kentucky, Jonathan Allison, Allison Webster, and the rest of the team showed the kind of enthusiasm and encouragement that made the publishing process a positive and productive experience. Finally, the success of the international intervention in the Balkans from 1995 to 2008 is a tribute to the thousands of US soldiers, diplomats, civilians, allies, international organizations, and people of the region who worked and continue to work tirelessly for peace and democracy in the new nations of the Balkans. ...


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