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REED PROFESSOR TO SUPERVISE BOSNIAN ELECTION

Reed political science professor Stefan J. Kapsch has traveled to Bosnia to spend May and June supervising voter registration for the local elections in Bosnia and Herzegovina, now scheduled for autumn 1997. He was appointed election supervisor by the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE).

The local elections are a crucial part of the Dayton Agreement, which ended the war in the former Yugoslavia in the fall of 1995. Under Dayton, the OSCE is responsible for managing elections in a politically neutral environment and providing voters with the right to vote in secret without fear or intimidation. The elections are designed to reunite Bosnia, which is currently divided into the Serb Republic and the Muslim-Croat Federation.

Stefan J. Kapsch is a professor of political science at Reed and director of the Reed Public Policy Workshop. He spent the 1994 95 academic year as a senior Fulbright scholar at the Faculty of Social Science, University of Ljubjana, Slovenia, and is currently engaged in research projects on democratization in the transitional countries of Central and Eastern Europe. Kapsch has also served in various consulting roles with the Oregon Corrections Division, the Oregon Jail Overcrowding Project, and the National Institute of Corrections. He received his B.A., M.A., and Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota.

The Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) is a pan-European security organization whose 55 participating states span the geographical area from Vancouver to Vladivostok. With each state having equal status, the organization takes a cooperative approach to a wide range of security-related issues including arms control, preventative diplomacy, confidence- and security-building measures, human rights, election monitoring, and economic security.