Balkan Institute

Course Presenters

sarajevo 2014 logo

Dr. James Lyon

has studied the Balkans for over thirty-four years. He received a Ph.D. in Modern Balkan History at the University of California, Los Angeles (dissertation: The Forgotten Ally: Serbia and the Balkan Front, 1914), an M.A. in International Relations from Brigham Young University (thesis: Yugoslavia’s Post-World War Two Economic Development), and a B.A. in Russian Language and Literature from Brigham Young University. Dr. Lyon directed Balkan projects for the International Crisis Group for ten years: an accomplished analyst, he has written three books, many scholarly articles, dozens of published reports, numerous Op/Eds, and has testified before the US Congress and parliamentary panels of EU member states. He has twenty years experience in conflict/post-conflict areas of the Balkans, worked on EU and USAID projects, with the Office of the High Representative, as well as in the private sector. He is a Senior Associate advising the Democratization Policy Center, and founder of the Foundation for the Preservation of Historical Heritage, which is currently digitizing archives in Bosnia and Herzegovina. He is the author of the upcoming book Serbia and the Balkan Front, 1914: The Outbreak of the Great War (Bloomsbury, 2015), and the recently published historical novel Kiss of the Butterfly.

sarajevo 2014 logo

Dr. Obrad Savic

is Director of the Center of Media and Communications in the Faculty of Media and Communications at University Singidunum in Belgrade, Serbia, having previously served as a Professor of History of Social Theory and Philosophy at the University of Belgrade. During the period of Communism and throughout the wars in Bosnia and Kosovo, Dr. Savic was actively engaged in dissident activities. He was Founder and President of the Belgrade Circle NGO -- a group of independent intellectuals. Because of associated political activities during the Presidency of Slobodan Milosevic, on May 15, 2000 he was suspended and fired from the University of Belgrade. Dr. Savic has taught at University of Ljubljana, University of Zagreb, University of Sarajevo, Leeds University, the Kosovo Institute of Journalism and Communications, and the American University in Kosovo. He has been a Visiting Lecturer at many universities and colleges across Europe and North America. He has published and edited several books and numerous texts on various topics and been Editor of several theoretical journals including: Theoria, Philosophical Studies, Text, and Belgrade Circle Journal. Dr. Savic is a Member of the Philosophical Society of Serbia, the Psychoanalytic Association, and the Aesthetic Society of Slovenia.

sarajevo 2014 logo

Dr. William (Bill) Wechsler

is Founder and Director of the Balkan Institute. He holds a BA from Dartmouth College, a JD from Georgetown University, and a PhD in International Relations from McGill University. He currently lectures in International Relations, Law, and Public Policy at the American University in Kosovo (AUK). Prior to working for AUK, Bill taught at: McGill and Concordia Universities in Montreal, Canada; at the University of Victoria in British Columbia, Canada; and at the University of Vermont in the United States. He has lectured in an International MBA Program for the Barney School of Business in Paris, France, and taught and lectured in Peacebuilding, Post-conflict Transformation, and Development at several universities across Europe and North America-most recently including Sciences Po in France, the University of Turin in Italy, the University of Utrecht in Holland, and Yale University in the United States. He also served as Vice-President for Academic Development at AUK.

sarajevo 2014 logo

Dr. Colum de Sales Murphy

is the President of the Geneva School of Diplomacy and International Relations. A native of Ireland, Mr. de Sales Murphy has more than 30 years of experience in diplomacy. His studies in International Relations were pursued in Ireland, at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government, and at the University of Geneva. Mr. Murphy has specialized in the study of the roots of war and conflict and has served the cause of peace with the United Nations and the European Union. He served in the field of peace negotiation in several wars, including those of Somalia, Liberia, the former Yugoslavia and numerous other conflicts. He spent more than four years in Sarajevo during and after the war there and has written extensively of that conflict. During the war he was United Nations Deputy Head of Political Affairs inside Bosnia. After the conflict he served in that country as Spokesman of the international community. Colum de Sales Murphy served the United Nations in many capacities over several decades: in the Security Council, as Special Assistant to the UN Secretaries-General, as a Political Officer and as a Human Rights Officer. Colum de Sales Murphy founded the university institute, the Geneva School of Diplomacy and International Relations in 2003. The courses he has taught include: War and Diplomacy; Leadership and Negotiation; Political Philosophy; International Economics; Sociology; Comparative Foreign Policy; and Foreign Affairs and Today’s News.

Guest Lecturers

sarajevo 2014 logo

Ambassador Ian Cliff

Ian Cliff, OBE, has been British Ambassador to Kosovo since 2011. He previously served as Ambassador to Bosnia and Herzegovina (2001-2005), Ambassador to Sudan (2005-2007) and Ambassador and Head of UK delegation to the OSCE in Vienna (2007-2011). He has been a diplomat since the late 1970s, serving with the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in South-East Asian Department, Middle East Department and the Permanent Under Secretary’s Department.

Ian Cliff was appointed Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (OBE) in 1991.

He attended Hampton Grammar School and Magdalen College, Oxford, where he obtained an MA in Modern History.

sarajevo 2014 logo

Dr. Marko Babic

studied Economy at the Warsaw School of Economics, International Relations and Political Science at the University of Warsaw where obtained a PhD from Political Philosophy. His current post is assistant professor (adiunct) at the Institute of European Studies of University of Warsaw. He is a secretary of the Department of European Subregional Studies at the Institute of European Studies (University of Warsaw). His research and teaching covers contemporary Western Balkans region – geopolitical position, state building processes, ethnic conflicts including such determinants as history and religion. Nevertheless, axiological problems of the region remain in main focus of his research interests.

sarajevo 2014 logo

Chris Bennett

is author of Yugoslavia's Bloody Collapse (Hurst & Co and New York University Press, 1995) and Bosnia's Paralyzed Peace (Hurst & Co and Oxford University Press, forthcoming). He was in Ljubljana on 26 June 1991 when the Wars of Yugoslav Dissolution began and remained in the former Yugoslavia for the first 14 months of war, covering the wars in Slovenia and Croatia in their entirety, as well as the formative events in Bosnia and Herzegovina. He edited the Balkan Crisis Reports of the Institute for War and Peace Reporting during the 1999 Kosovo campaign and has worked for the International Crisis Group, NATO and the Office of the High Representative, including as Deputy High Representative until this time last year.

sarajevo 2014 logo

Dan Damon

is a BBC journalist and radio broadcaster who presents World Update for the BBC World Service. Damon joined the BBC in 1974 as a technical operator for radio news. His move into journalism took place in 1982 with a nightly phone in on LBC. Damon, with his wife Sian, spent seven years filming the downfall of the Soviet Union throughout Eastern Europe including Bosnia and Herzegovina. He then returned to the BBC to work as a presenter and reporter for BBC World Service and BBC Radio 4. In 2003 Damon became the main presenter of World Update on the BBC World Service. Damon has presented the program on location around the world. Given the depth and breadth of Dan’s global journalistic experience, Balkan Institute and the Geneva School of Diplomacy were honored to have him join Author Robert Wilton, Dr. Nena Tromp, Dr. Obrad Savic and Dr. Bill Wechsler on the closing panel of Sarajevo ’14 to share his thoughtful perspectives on “June 28,1914 and the future.”

sarajevo 2014 logo

Dr. Rebekka Friedman

is a Lecturer of International Peace and Security at the War Studies Department at King’s College London. She joined the Department in September 2013 after teaching postgraduate students at the University of Oxford Foreign Service Programme and developing and teaching a curriculum at a peace-building summer program at American University in Kosovo. She previously worked as an editor of Millennium: Journal of International Studies and as a researcher, consultant and writer for several international organizations and institutes.

Her research focuses on peace building and transitional justice, with an emphasis on West Africa and South America, and she has conducted extensive research in Peru and Sierra Leone. She co-edited “After Liberalism? Liberalism in a changing world?” with Kevork Oskanian and Ramon Pachedo Pardo.

She holds an MA and PhD in International Relations from the London School of Economics and Political Science and a BA Joint Honours in Political Science and International Development from McGill University.

sarajevo 2014 logo

Dr. Emily Greble

is Associate Professor and Deputy Chair of the Division of Humanities and Arts of the City College of New York. Dr. Greble received her BA from The College of William and Mary, and her MA and PhD from Stanford University. She is currently working on a book, entitled Islam and the European Nation-State: Yugoslav Muslims between Mosque and State (1908-1949).

Professor Greble specializes in the history of modern Eastern Europe and the Balkans, particularly the countries of the former Yugoslavia. Her research and teaching focus on questions of nationalism, war, social transformation, and Islam in Europe. Her first book, Sarajevo, 1941-1945, examined the multicultural city Sarajevo during the Second World War. Her current book project looks at Islam in the Balkans from the late Habsburg to early Communist periods. Professor Greble has held fellowships at the Remarque Institute at New York University, the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, part of the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard, and the Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies in Washington, D.C. She also has received numerous grants, including from Fulbright-Hays, ACLS, Mellon foundation, and IREX; she was an NEH Faculty Fellow in Spring 2013. 

sarajevo 2014 logo

Mr. Gilles-Emmanuel Jacquet

is Assistant Professor at the Geneva School of Diplomacy and International Relations. He is currently teaching World History. Gilles-Emmanuel Jacquet holds University degrees in Political Science from the University of Geneva and in European Studies from the European Institute of the University of Geneva. His field of specialization is Eastern Europe and post-Soviet countries; dealing with historical, cultural, security and geopolitical issues (Kosovo war, Yugoslav civil war, Russian foreign policy, History of former Socialist Republics, wars in the Caucasus, armed conflicts and low intensity conflicts all around the world, political and religious extremism or the settlement of the armed conflict between the Republic of Moldova and the Moldovan Republic of Transnistria). Mr. Jacquet's professional experience include postings at the legal unit of the North Africa, Middle-East and Central Asia Department of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees in Geneva where he was in charge with the drafting of various analyses dealing with the treatment of Lebanese refugees in Syria and with the treatment of ethnic and religious groups in Central Asia (Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan). In addition to that, he worked for the French Ministry of Justice, as well as the “Alliance Française de Moldavie” and for the Cooperation and Cultural Services of the French Embassy in Moldova. He was involved in the field of academic cooperation with Moldovan universities (Universitatea Perspectiva, Free International University of Moldova, International Institute of Management “IMI-NOVA” and the Academy of Economic Studies of Moldova) and participated to several conferences. He was also in charge of drafting various analyses dealing with the Moldovan and Transnistrian political contexts. Furthermore, Mr. Jacquet has collaborated with the European student publication “Eyes on Europe” ( as well as with Swiss and French publications dealing with Russian and Eastern European cultures. He has been invited to several radio programs dealing with Russian or Eastern European issues. In 2012 and 2013 Mr. Jacquet has also worked as a lecturer at the UMEF in Geneva and at the Dunya Institute for Higher Education in Kabul, Afghanistan.

sarajevo 2014 logo

Dr. Paul Miller

is Associate Professor of History at McDaniel College. He currently holds and International Fellowship at the Marie Curie Action Programme. Through the Fellowship, he is affiliated with the Centre for First World War Studies in the School of History and Cultures at the University of Birmingham, where he is completing his book about the memory of the Sarajevo 1914 assassination, June 28, 1913: A Day in History and Memory.

In his work he focuses on the First World War and memory and he previously published a book on the anti-militarist Left in France before the First World War, From Revolutionaries and Citizens. He holds a PhD from Yale University.

sarajevo 2014 logo

Philippe Roseberry

Philippe Roseberry is a PhD candidate and Teaching fellow in the Department of Political Studies at Queen's University of Kingston, Canada. His expertise centers on the comparative politics of nationalism, ethnicity and intrastate conflict in the former Yugoslavia and Central and Eastern Europe, as well as transitions and institutional design in formerly authoritarian regimes.

Philippe has lectured on Eastern Europe, transitions and civil wars at Queen's University, the University of Ottawa and the Royal Military College of Canada. He has published an article in Europe-Asia Studies on the recognition of Kosovo and mass violence and is currently engaged, along with Zsuzsa Csergö and Stefan Wolff, in a large-scale project on minority Territorial Self-Governance (TSG) in Central and Eastern Europe.

His ongoing PhD dissertation seeks to explain the causes and consequences of internal divisions, fractionalization and fragmentation of warring parties during the Bosnian and Croatian conflicts (1991-1995) using fieldwork intensive research strategies and interviews with low and mid-level former combatants. Philippe has a nearly two-year long fieldwork experience in Bosnia, Croatia and Serbia over the course of the last five years.

sarajevo 2014 logo

Kevin Sullivan

Kevin Sullivan worked as a journalist in Asia for more than a decade. He reported Tiananmen Square for the Glasgow Herald and for two and a half years he was the Guardian’s Japan correspondent. He covered the siege of Dubrovnik in 1991 for the Guardian and the war in Bosnia for UPI in 1992/93. In 1993 he was wounded in a land-mine explosion in Central Bosnia. While recovering, he wrote an early draft of Sleeping with Heroes, a novel set in Sarajevo. Universal Studios bought an option on the film rights in 1994 and exercised the option in 1996.

From 1993 to 1996 Kevin was a correspondent with Business Times newspaper in Singapore, interviewing, among others, Gro Harlem Brundtland, Vaclav Havel, James Baker and Tony Blair.

From 1996 to 2001 Kevin and Marija Fekete-Sullivan, and their daughter Katarina, lived in a mountain village south of Granada, Spain. Kevin wrote a weekly column on world affairs. From June 2001 until December 2006 Kevin was a spokesperson and speechwriter at the Office of the High Representative in Sarajevo.

Since 2006 he has been a full-time writer, completing a series of novels many of which are set in locations where he worked as a correspondent. Out of the West, which is set in Greece and Scotland during and after World War Two, was published by Armida Publications in November 2013.

Kevin studied at Blairs College, Aberdeen, and at Glasgow University, where he graduated with an MA honours degree in History and English.

sarajevo 2014 logo

Dr. Nena Tromp

Dr. Tromp in a Lecturer in European Studies at the University of Amsterdam. Her field of expertise includes the topics of the history of state formation in the Balkans, historical stereotypes of the Balkans, the disintegration of former Yugoslavia, and the formation of post-Yugoslav successor states. Dr. Tromp's most recent research relates to the dynamics of post-conflict societies and societies in transition. Since 2012, Dr. Tromp has also lectured in War, Genocide and Holocaust Studies on the impact of the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (ICTY). She has 12-years of work-related experience at the Leadership Research Team at the Office or Tribunal’s Prosecutor at the ICTY.

sarajevo 2014 logo

Robert Wilton

held a variety of posts in the British Government. He was advisor to the Prime Minister of Kosovo in the lead-up to the country's independence, worked as Deputy Director of the International Civilian Office in Kosovo, and is now helping to run the OSCE mission in Albania. Treason's Tide won the Historical Writer's Associatian/Goldsboro Crown for best historical debut; in addition to his novels has written extensively on the Balkans as well as on international intervention. He will be releasing his latest novel, "The Spider of Sarajevo," during the Sarajevo '14 conference.

Planned Panels


I. Legacies of June 28, 1914

II. Media and War

III. Europe After Dayton

IV. Ukraine

Program information


Housing and Visa Information


Depending on the country of citizenship, those who wish to participate in the program may need to apply for a visa in order to enter Bosnia and Herzegovina and stay for the duration of the program.

The citizens of following countries may enter and stay in Bosnia and Herzegovina for up to 90 days without a visa: Andorra, Argentina, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Brunei Darussalam, Bulgaria, Canada, Chile, Costa Rica, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Guatemala, Holy See, Honduras, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Cyprus, Kuwait, Latvia, Lichtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macedonia, Malaysia, Malta, Sovereign Military Order of Malta, Mexico, Monaco, Montenegro, Netherlands, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Norway, Panama, Paraguay, Poland, Portugal, Qatar, Romania, Salvador, San Marino, Serbia, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Swiss Confederation, Turkey, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, United States of America, Uruguay and Venezuela. The same is true for carriers of travel documents issued by the administrative territories of Hong Kong and Macao.

Citizens of the following countries may enter Bosnia and Herzegovina using an ID card other than a passport that shows identity and citizenship: members of the European Union, members of the Schengen agreement, Andorra, Croatia, Holy See, Lichtenstein, Monaco, Montenegro, San Marino, Serbia and Swiss Confederation.

Citizens of the following additional countries with a valid diplomatic passport may also enter and stay in Bosnia and Herzegovina for up to 90 days: Albania, Bahrain, China, Cuba, Egypt, Iran, Jordan, Oman, Pakistan, Russian Federation, Saudi Arabia, Tunisia, Ukraine and United Arab Emirates.

Additionally, citizens of Russian Federation may enter and stay in Bosnia and Herzegovina for up to 30 days without a visa, if they possess a letter of invitation and a proof of tourist arrangements.

All other foreigners who wish to participate in the program need to apply for Visa Type C at the nearest embassy or consular office of Bosnia and Herzegovina. The complete list of Bosnian embassies and consular offices around the world can be found on the website of the Bosnian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, (the website is available in English). Those who need to apply for a visa should contact the Program Coordinator as soon as they are admitted to the program in order to obtain proper documentation.

Health Insurance

Program participants will be responsible for arranging their own travel and health insurance while in Bosnia and Herzegovina. Foreigners entering Bosnia and Herzegovina may be asked at the border to show a proof of health care arrangements while in the country.

Housing and Meals

Program participants will stay in the Hostel Residence Rooms, with the option to upgrade to hotel accommodation. The hostel is situated in the Old Town, right next to Hotel Europe, where the classes and other program activities will take place. Hostel rooms accommodate several persons, with a limited number of single- and double-bed rooms. A spacious living room and a kitchen are also at guests’ disposal. Program participants can request accommodation in the five-star Hotel Europe at an additional cost.

The hostel will provide breakfast every morning, and lunch will be served in Hotel Europe. In the evening, participants will have an opportunity to explore local dining places.



The hostel has agreed to provide transport from the Sarajevo International Airport or the Bus/Railway Station in exchange for a modest fee. In order to take advantage of this option, please inform the Program Coordinator about the time of your arrival in advance. If this option is not available, the best alternative is to use taxi service. A taxi stand is located right outside the airport exit, as well as near the Bus Station and the Railway Station. Note: Program Coordinator does not recommend train service to Sarajevo.

Getting around Sarajevo

Both Hostel Residence Rooms and Hotel Europe are located at the heart of Sarajevo, where many dining places, shopping centers and tourist spots are within walking distance. The best way to get to more distant locations is the tram. Tram nr.3 runs along the length of the city, from Old Town Baščaršija to Ilidža and back. Tram tickets can be bought from the driver at the price of 1.80KM (0.90EUR) or at kiosks located at or near the tram stops at the price of 1.60 KM. Multiple fare tickets can also be bought at kiosks at discount prices. In order to be valid, a tram ticket must be canceled using the green automatic machine inside the tram, located near the first and last entrance.

Sarajevo information


Bosnia and Herzegovina: facts

Bosnia and Herzegovina is a small country in the Western Balkans, situated between Croatia, Serbia and Montenegro. The population of Bosnia is a multiethnic and multireligious state, with the majority of its population composed of Croats (mostly Catholic), Serbs (mostly Orthodox) and Bosniaks (mostly Muslim). The 1995 Constitution, which was a part of the Dayton Peace Accords, defined these ethnic groups as “constituent peoples” and mandated that political power be shared between them. Consequently, all political institutions reflect this demographic composition through ethnic quotas.

The internal organization of Bosnia and Herzegovina is very complex. Territorially, the country is divided into two semi-autonomous entities, the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina and Republic Srpska, plus a small district, District Brcko. In addition to state-level institutions, each of the two entities also has its own parliament, judiciary and a government representing numerous ministries. The Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina is further subdivided into 10 cantons, each with its own political institutions. District Brcko has its own set of political institutions. Additional institutions operate on the level of city and municipality.

During and after the 1992-1995 war in Bosnia and Herzegovina, a heavy international presence was established in the country. The Peace Implementation Council was established to ensure the implementation of the Dayton Peace Agreement, and is represented by the Office of the Higher Representative. The European Union also has its EU Special Representative in Bosnia and Herzegovina, who heads the EU delegation in the country.

A short history

Bosnia as a geopolitical entity was formed between the 11th and 12th century. The medieval state saw a period of expansion and became a kingdom before succumbing to the Ottomans in the 15th century. The approximate territory of today’s Bosnia and Herzegovina stayed under Ottoman rule as the Empire’s westernmost province for four centuries, during which it was a site of numerous battles with the Austro-Hungarian Empire and, consequently, a site of constant population migrations. These migrations, widespread and long-term islamization and a unique position on the border between the cultural and religious East and West left the territory with a mix of religions and peoples. In the nineteenth century, national and pro-autonomy movements formed in these communities.

Following the weakening of the Ottoman Empire, at the Congress of Berlin in 1878 Austria-Hungary was given the right to occupy and administer Bosnia and Herzegovina. Austria-Hungary annexed Bosnia and Herzegovina in 1908, but its rule did not last. The spark that exploded into World War I was lit in Bosnia and Herzegovina, when a member of an anti-Austro-Hungarian movement assassinated Archduke Franz Ferdinand in Sarajevo. Bosnia and Herzegovina emerged from the War as a component of a new state, the Kingdom of Serbs, Croats and Slovenes, which became the Kingdom of Yugoslavia after centralization in 1929. Parts of Bosnia and Herzegovina were incorporated into the autonomous Banate of Croatia after its establishment in 1939, and in 1941 Bosnia and Herzegovina was annexed by the Independent State of Croatia with support of Axis powers.

During the World War II, Bosnia and Herzegovina was a key site where both Bosnian and Yugoslav sovereignty was defended. In 1943, the State Antifascist Council for the National Liberation of Bosnia and Herzegovina was formed and affirmed the participation of the peoples of Bosnia and Herzegovina in the formation of a federative Yugoslavia. Following the second session of the Antifascist Council for the Liberation of Yugoslavia in 1943, Bosnia and Herzegovina became one of the six federative units of the future Yugoslav state, which was finally constituted in 1945. The Communist party succeeded in subduing nationalisms in federative units, but following the death of Tito they emerged again and in a few years tore Yugoslavia apart. Bosnia and Herzegovina held an independence referendum in February 1992, which showed a lack of consensus by all three dominant ethnic groups about the future of the country and led to a violent war. The war ended with a peace agreement in 1995.

Historical Context: Bosnia and the Balkans

As a consequence of their entangled histories, Balkans states have a lot in common in the present. They share a common past of being ruled or at least influenced by great foreign powers, whose interference made for a very long and complicated transition from small medieval fiefdoms to sovereign states. Political and military campaigns forced peoples to migrate back and forth across the peninsula, leaving the Balkans a mix of ethnicities and religions unconducive to the rise of nation states. When attempts to create such states were made, the result was not lasting stability, but tensions and upheaval as the borders did not and could not coincide with ethnic borders. Bosnia and Herzegovina is no exception to this rule; it has been subject to both secessionist and irredentist claims. Despite peace and slow democratic progress, the “national questions” in Bosnia and Herzegovina, as in other places in the Balkans, remain unsolved.


Sarajevo, the capital of Bosnia and Herzegovina, is a modern city with rich history. The old town “Baščaršija,” built during the Ottoman rule, is a tourist favorite, but the city offers a wide variety of options for cultural enrichment, dining, entertainment and certainly shopping. The city has been rebuilt following the long siege, and despite its violent past, it is safe for both locals and visitors to enjoy.

Culture, Entertainment and Nightlife

Sarajevo boasts a large number of art galleries, as well as several theaters and cinemas, with an especially large number of cultural events taking place in the summer. Sarajevo’s many art galleries are a perfect opportunity to know local artists and their work, as they feature painters, photographers, poets and musicians. The National Theatre is within walking distance of the Program venue and the hostel, and so is a large cinema screening blockbuster premieres. Other cinemas often feature alternative genres and regional cinematography. While the National Museum unfortunately remains closed, many smaller museums are open to visitors, including one dedicated to the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand.

In the evening, Sarajevans socialize in cafés, bars and clubs catering to a variety of tastes in music and ambience. Many places feature live music, from local student bands to renowned DJs.


In the region, Sarajevo is perhaps most widely recognized as having the best “ evapi,” grilled meat patties served with chopped onions and soft flat bread. Nevertheless, restaurants around the city offer a much wider array of dining options, suitable for everyone’s taste and budget. Many restaurants in Sarajevo offer the classics of international cuisine, including places specialized in Indian, Lebanese, Chinese, Italian, Mediterranean and vegetarian cuisine. For those who would rather stick to the local cuisine, there is a large number of both fine restaurants and small diners offering traditional Bosnian food like ćevapi, burek or orba. Busy visitors in Sarajevo will also benefit from the city’s many bakeries, patisseries and cafés.

Additional Information

For interactive searchable maps of Sarajevo with categorized content, visit and