Since 2016, I have observed the development and progress of post-conflict reconciliation between veterans of the Yugoslav Wars, many of whom are affiliated with the largest veteran organizations in Bosnia-Herzegovina and Serbia. Their current efforts include reconciling as former enemies, but also working together as fellow veterans to advocate for regional peace. While efforts and talks are ongoing, they now involve U.S. veterans of the Vietnam War, who are striving to work with veterans worldwide to heal former combatants and communities from the moral wounds of war.
Human Rights Monitoring
As the former U.S. Ambassador for the Human Rights Measurement Initiative (HRMI), I am involved with a network of researchers dedicated to filling the gap between monitoring and ensuring human rights. Our shared goal is to produce metrics that summarize a country's human rights performance. For HRMI, this entails working with human rights advocates, including lawyers and journalists, to provide metrics covering the full range of human rights in their home country. If you are a human rights advocate – such as an NGO researcher, human rights lawyer, journalist who reports on human rights, or staff at the National Human Rights Institute – please contribute your time by taking the HRMI survey about these metrics. If you are interested in taking the survey, please contact me or the HRMI team, and we will forward you the registration. Together, we can do the valuable work of monitoring human rights.