Dr. Mustafa Cerić, Grand Mufti Emeritus of Bosnia and Herzegovina, will address current global geopolitical challenges, notably schisms in the Middle East and its consequences for the European security project and integration of the Western Balkans into European Union and NATO.
Dr. Cerić served as Grand Mufti of Bosnia (highest religious official) from 1993 to 2012 and led the Islamic Community in the Balkans for almost two decades. He was previously an Imam in Northbrook, Illinois and Zagreb, Croatia. He is the co-founder of the Bosniak Academy of Arts and Sciences, and in December of 2012 he was elected as the President of the World Bosniak Congress. Dr. Mustafa Cerić, is currently a Bosniak candidate for the tripartite presidency in the Oct. 12, 2014, Bosnia and Herzegovina general elections, running on a platform in step with United States, EU and NATO.Dr. Cerić holds a Ph.D. from the University of Chicago in Islamic Studies and Al-Azhar University in Cairo, Egypt.