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Beth Sorensen
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REED PROFESSOR TO TALK ON ELECTIONS IN

Stefan Kapsch, professor of political science and director of the Public Policy Workshop, will give a lecture on "The Dayton Accords and the Prospects for Peace in Bosnia-Herzegovina" on Thursday, October 30, at 4:15 p.m. in the psychology auditorium. The lecture is free and open to the public; for more information call the events hotline at 503/777-7755.

Stefan J. Kapsch was a voting registration and polling supervisor for the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) during the municipal elections in Bosnia-Herzegovina in September of this year. OSCE is a pan-European security organization whose 55 participating states span the geographical area from Vancouver to Vladivostok; it was charged in Dayton with conducting elections in Bosnia-Herzegovina. Kapsch was supervisor in Fojnica, a municipality near Sarajevo in the Muslim-Croat Federation of Bosnia. In his lecture, Kapsch will summarize the main provisions of the Dayton Accords, signed in Paris in December 1995, which ended the war in the former Yugoslavia. Based upon his experience in Bosnia, Kapsch will assess the progress made so far and the principal initiatives and obstacles toward peace and stability in the former Yugoslavia.

Kapsch spent the 1994-95 academic year as a senior Fulbright scholar at the faculty of social science, University of Ljubjana, Slovenia, and is currently involved 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. He joined the Reed faculty in 1974.