For our delve into paramilitaries and the former Yugoslavia, Iva and her research assistant Joy, took us on a walk in a cemetery in The Hague. Joy – together with Iva’s other PhD support animals – feature heavily on her Twitterfeed (@VukusicIva) .
For those of you who didn’t spend their professional lives reading every book you could find on the Yugoslav wars (with fold out pictures of mass atrocity sites), a solid, general introduction is The Death of Yugoslavia from 1995 from the BBC which has stood the test of time. It also has an accompanying book, (sadly no fold-outs there). This book was Janet’s introduction to the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) when she came from Tanzania to cover the court. Stephanie’s copy is falling apart from all the times she’s looked up background for her stories.
Here’s a link to the trailer for The Trial of Ratko Mladic documentary which Iva mentions in the podcast. And for those who speak the language, this documentary called The Unit looks specifically at Serbia’s Red Berets .
Suggested further reading: James Gow’s The Serbian project and its adversaries and Frontiers and Ghettos by James Ron , which looks at both Serbia and Israel and presents a novel theory of state violence.
For more on Iva’s work and her PhD project, check out the site Paramilitarism.org. Iva is based at the History Department of Utrecht University, and is a Visiting Research Fellow at the War Studies Department of King’s College London. Besides her ‘research assistants’ she tweets “mostly on wars and war crimes”.