Dr. Vrbetic holds a Ph.D. in international relations from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University, and an M.A. in European Studies from the College of Europe, Bruges, Belgium. She was formerly Assistant Professor of Government at Gallaudet University, Washington, D.C., where she taught courses on Europe, European Union, American foreign policy, ethics of peacemaking and conflict resolution, democratization, nationalism, and ethnic conflict. Dr. Vrbetic has held appointments in Europe and the United States, and she also worked at the Institute for Development and International Relations of Zagreb, Croatia. She is the author of several peer-reviewed and professional articles, and has presented, among others, at the annual meetings of the International Studies Association and the American Political Science Association.

Project Summary

Dr. Vrbetic’s book project explores the problems and dilemmas of post-Cold War interventionism by looking at the changing practices of conflict management and the problematic issues of reconciliation. It investigates how the conflict parties respond to the forceful, normatively driven international initiatives, and how these interventions influence the reconciliation processes between the conflict parties. One of the central concerns is that forceful interventions can discourage the conflict parties from contemplating workable compromises to settle their differences, encouraging them to turn their energies towards gaining allies for imposing unilateral solutions. The project takes a new look at the interventions in the former Yugoslavia, applying its lessons to the current conflicts in other regions.

Major Publications