Joint Statement by the Embassies of the U.S., U.K., France, Germany and Italy and the EU Delegation/EU Special Representative in BiH

Our goal is a stable, functional and prosperous Bosnia and Herzegovina, in which everyone can be fulfilled and enjoy the full protection of the law. Unilateral withdrawal from institutions, or blockages of decision-making within them, are unacceptable and counter-productive from any side and would only undermine the very improvements and progress that citizens wish to ... Read More»

Cochran Fellowship Program 2020

Since 1984, U.S. Congress has made funds available to the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Cochran Fellowship Program to provide short-term training to Fellows from middle-income and emerging market countries in order to expose agricultural officials and industry representatives to U.S. agriculture products and policies, helping facilitate lasting, global relationships. The Cochran Fellowship Program ... Read More»

Marking the 10th Anniversary of the European Court of Human Rights Ruling on Sejdić and Finci v. BiH

Today marks ten years since the landmark European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) ruling in the Sejdić and Finci case.  Unfortunately, in the decade since this ruling, nothing has changed.  The people of BiH must not become inured to simply marking anniversaries without taking constructive action.  To that end, BiH authorities must amend the constitution ... Read More»

Elections In Mostar Are Critical

Today U.S. Special Representative for the Western Balkans, Matthew Palmer, U.S. Ambassador Eric Nelson, EU Head of Delegation/EUSR, Ambassador Johann Sattler, High Representative Valentin Inzko, OSCE Mission to BiH Ambassador Kathleen Kavalec, and UK Chargé d’Affaires Ruth Wiseman met with SDA President Bakir Izetbegović and HDZ-BiH President Dragan Čović to discuss the pressing need for ... Read More»

Security Alert – U.S. Embassy Sarajevo

Location: Bosnia and Herzegovina, countrywide Event:  During the holiday season, security measures in Bosnia and Herzegovina remain heightened due to ongoing threats posed by transnational terrorist organizations and individuals inspired by violent extremist ideology throughout Europe.  Violent extremists continue to focus on locations such as Christmas holiday markets, shopping malls, airports, clubs, restaurants, places of worship, ... Read More»

Joint Statement on Successfully Holding Bosnia and Herzegovina’s first Pride March

We congratulate the Organizing Committee, March participants, local institutions, and citizens of BiH on successfully holding Bosnia and Herzegovina’s first Pride March.  The people of BiH came together to reject fear and hate and instead demonstrated to the world that BiH is indeed an open and tolerant country that respects the rights of all individuals. ... Read More»

Security Alert – U.S. Embassy Sarajevo

Location:  The Pride March route will be on Marshall Tito Street, starting at noon from the Eternal Flame and concluding at the Parliament square. Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina. Event:  The inaugural Pride March in Bosnia and Herzegovina will take place Sunday, September 8 starting at noon.  Other related demonstrations are scheduled, one on Saturday, September 7 ... Read More»

Security Alert – U.S. Embassy Sarajevo

Location: Bosnia and Herzegovina, countrywide Event: The summer holiday season provides a good chance to remind U.S. citizens to pay attention to their personal safety and security. Here are some general safety actions to take: Actions to Take: Travel with others when possible. Inform your colleagues and family about your plans and how to reach ... Read More»

Health Insurance Services for the U.S. Embassy in Sarajevo Locally Employed Staff and their eligible family members (19BK8019R0015)

The requirement is for the providing of health insurance services to the locally hired employees of the US Mission. The estimated number of employees is 450 with their eligible dependents. Please note these are only estimated quantities. The anticipated performance period is for a base year, with four one-year option periods, if exercised by the ... Read More»

Applied Drama Institute Kicks Off in Tuzla

Fifty teachers from 27 towns and cities across BiH are in Tuzla this week for a four-day training in drama-based pedagogy, an approach to teaching and learning that uses active and dramatic techniques to increase student engagement and teacher self-efficacy. The program is led by Katie Dawson, professor and director of the Drama for Schools ... Read More»

Youth Voices: Brčko Democracy Camp Turns 18!

More than 350 students, 50 teachers and organizers from 30 cities across BiH participated in the 18th Annual Brčko Democracy Camp, which was opened by Deputy Director of Embassy’s Banja Luka Branch Office, Charles Blake.  The five-day camp brings together the cantonal, regional and district winners of the Project Citizen competition to work together in ... Read More»

Ambassador Nelson and DAS Palmer Visit Bihać and Banja Luka

Ambassador Nelson and Deputy Assistant Secretary of State Matthew Palmer took a two-day road trip to visit Bihać and Banja Luka.  During meetings with the Prime Minister of the Una-Sana Canton and the Mayor of Bihać, they discussed the importance of a coordinated and humane response to the migrant situation in BiH, and also visited ... Read More»


A team of Embassy volunteers joined the #vrijemedacistimo (Time to Clean) campaign in BiH, cleaning up the Vraca Memorial Park, a monument to the fighters and civilians killed in World War II.  The clean-up was made a little sweeter by the baklava a kind neighbor brought to the team!  The volunteers’ hard work did not ... Read More»

Ambassador Nelson Celebrates Completion of AFCP Project at National Museum

Ambassador Nelson spoke at a press event marking the completion of a series of projects undertaken at the National Museum of Bosnia and Herzegovina within the framework of a $625,000 grant from the Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Preservation.  The award of this grant in 2015 was instrumental in helping the museum re-open, and supported a ... Read More»

Joint Statement on the Occasion of IDAHOT: Human Rights are Universal and Apply Equally to All People

Today on the occasion of the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia (IDAHOT), we, the undersigned, express our support for, and solidarity with, the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) people in Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH). Every citizen of BiH – regardless of their sexual orientation, gender identity, or sex characteristics – is ... Read More»

Joint Statement by Embassies of the U.S., Germany, the UK and the OHR on Draft Legislation in the Republika Srpska

Political leaders in Bosnia and Herzegovina need to implement reforms that move BiH toward European standards and democratic norms.  Instead, the Embassies of the United States, Germany, the UK, and the Office of the High Representative see recent rhetoric and initiatives in the Republika Srpska (RS) as moving away from these standards, despite the government’s ... Read More»

#LetsTalkAboutAir: DCM Germain Hosts Discussion on Air Quality and Solutions for Sarajevo

As part of U.S. Embassy Sarajevo’s efforts to raise public awareness about the problem of air pollution and air quality in BiH, Deputy Chief of Mission Ellen Germain hosted a lunch with Sarajevo Canton Prime Minister Edin Forto and visiting U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) scientist Dr. Gayle Hagler. Dr. Hagler presented a summary of ... Read More»

Ambassador Nelson’s Address on the Importance of Technology at the Neum NetWork 9 Conference

Good evening.  I’m glad to have the chance to address you all at the Neum NetWork 9 Conference.  I regret my travel schedule prevents me from being there in person. The IT sector is a fundamental part of the strength and success of the United States’ economy.  It is a bright spot here in Bosnia ... Read More»

U.S. Embassy BiH Statement on Final Verdict in Radovan Karadzic Case

The U.S. Embassy in Bosnia and Herzegovina welcomes today’s verdict by the Appeals Chamber of the International Residual Mechanism for Criminal Tribunals (Mechanism) in the case of Radovan Karadžić.  The ruling represents an important step toward holding to account those individuals responsible for the tremendous suffering of the people of Bosnia and Herzegovina, while providing ... Read More»

Ambassador Eric Nelson Presents His Credentials

Eric Nelson has arrived in Bosnia and Herzegovina and today presented his credentials to the Chairman of the BiH Presidency as Ambassador of the United States.  During the ceremony, Ambassador Nelson stressed: “I look forward to leading my government’s work here to advance prosperity, security, and respect for the rule of law benefiting all the ... Read More»

Operations During a Lapse in Appropriations

Due to the lapse in appropriations, this web page will not be updated regularly. We will not update this account until full operations resume, with the exception of urgent safety and security information. At this time, scheduled passport and visas services in the United States and at U.S. Embassies and Consulates overseas will continue during ... Read More»

Security Alert – U.S. Embassy Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina

Location:  Bosnia and Herzegovina, countrywide Event:  During the holiday season security measures in Bosnia and Herzegovina remain heightened due to ongoing threats posed by transnational terrorist organizations and individuals inspired by extremist ideology throughout Europe.  Extremists continue to focus on tourist locations, shopping malls, airports, clubs, restaurants, places of worship, transportation hubs, and other soft ... Read More»

The United States is Not the Enemy; Others Actively Work Against Citizen Interests

The U.S. Embassy in BiH roundly rejects the completely ridiculous conspiracy theories being disseminated by certain politicians and media outlets in their service.  It is shocking that these individuals would stand at a podium and deliver outright lies, especially when their unfounded allegations are so easily disproved.  Such rhetoric is irresponsible, inflammatory, and out of ... Read More»

Demonstration Alert – U. S. Embassy Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina

Location: Multiple locations throughout the country (including but not exclusive to: Sarajevo and Banja Luka) Event: Friday, October 5, is the last day of campaigning before the general elections on October 7, 2018. As such, there are several large public gatherings scheduled throughout the country. Actions to Take: Exercise caution if unexpectedly in the vicinity ... Read More»

U.S. Strongly Rejects Accusation of Election Interferance

The United States has demonstrated our dedication and commitment to the people of BiH over more than two decades, and yet irresponsible actors continue to drag us into conspiracy theories, unfounded accusations, and, bluntly, lies.  During election campaigns, we strongly believe that citizens should have the opportunity to discuss the issues that will determine their ... Read More»

Request for Quotation – Unleaded Fuel (19BK8018Q0017)

The U.S. Embassy in Sarajevo has a requirement for UNLEADED FUEL B-95. Please note that this is a combined synopsis/solicitation for a commercial item, prepared in accordance with the format FAR 12.6, as supplemented with additional information included in this notice. This announcement constitutes the only solicitation; offers are being requested and a written solicitation ... Read More»

U.S. Mission in BiH Condemns False Accusations About U.S. Government Assistance Programs

Yesterday’s public fabrications by Milorad Dodik are simply untrue.  Once again, the assistance of the people of the United States is being used to support wild conspiracy theories in the interest of election campaigning in Bosnia and Herzegovina.  The United States is estimated to have invested nearly two billion dollars in helping the reconstruction and ... Read More»

Department of State releases its 2018 Investment Climate Statement

Announcement Department of State releases its 2018 Investment Climate Statement On July 19th, the Department of State released its Investment Climate Statements for 2018. Economic officers stationed at U.S. embassies and diplomatic missions around the world prepare these annual reports analyzing 170 foreign markets to help U.S. companies make informed business decisions about foreign markets. ... Read More»

Security Documents Identification and Verification Course

During the week of May 27th, the Export Control and Related Border Security (EXBS) program sponsored a one-week training course entitled Security Documents Identification and Verification (SDIV) to Border Police officers from Bosnia-Herzegovina, Serbia, and Croatia. This course, located in Sarajevo and delivered by regional instructors from Serbia and Croatia, focuses on the forensic examination ... Read More»

Consular Office Reconfiguration/Construction

The Embassy has a requirement for a firm to construct/renovate an existing office building in the district of Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina.  This construction effort is estimated at the range between USD$ 25,000 and USD$ 100,000 and needs to be completed by 30 (thirty) calendar days after receiving notice to proceed.  This work is for ... Read More»

Ambassador’s Remarks for the Air Monitor Launch Event

Ambassador’s Remarks for the Air Monitor Launch Event, June 1   Ministers and Directors, fellow Ambassadors, distinguished guests and friends, good morning and thank you for coming today to help us celebrate the arrival and launch of our air monitoring equipment.  We’re especially pleased to have with us today Tima Hanley, a Lead Physical Scientist ... Read More»

Fabricated Stories to Instigate Fear Among the Citizens of BiH Must Stop

Certain politicians continue to use a fabricated story about a so-called “NATO exercise” to instigate fear among the citizens of BiH, despite our continued efforts to provide factual and timely information about the exercise.  The U.S. Embassy strongly rejects all speculation and allegations about this exercise. As we have said many times, as part of ... Read More»

Ambassador Cormack’s Remarks at the OSCE Court Corruption Project Interim Report Launch

(as prepared) Secretary Greminger, Ambassadors, Distinguished Guests, Ladies and Gentlemen: It’s my pleasure to be here today to help publicize the OSCE’s report on corruption trials.  It’s important that we use this opportunity to talk about how corruption hurts everyone in BiH.  Over the past year, the OSCE, using over $470,000 in funds donated by ... Read More»

Commercial Law Development Program Holds Arbitration Training and Competition in Mostar

On February 1-4, the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Commercial Law Development Program (CLDP) held an International Commercial Arbitration Moot Training and Competition (Vis Moot) in Mostar.  The Vis Moot is an educational tool to foster the study and practice of international commercial and arbitration laws and encourage the resolution of business disputes by arbitration.  This program focused on ... Read More»

Recognition for BiH Security and Law-Enforcement Officials

On February 8, Chargé  d’affaires at the U.S. Embassy in Bosnia and Herzegovina Paul Horowitz and FBI Legal Attaché John Bivona presented FBI Director Certificates of Appreciation to security and law-enforcement officials from the Government of Bosnia and Herzegovina in recognition of their efforts and assistance in the successful arrest and extradition of Mirsad Kandic. ... Read More»

Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Demonstration in Sarajevo on Sunday 12/17

U.S. Embassy Sarajevo, Bosnia Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Demonstration in Sarajevo on Sunday 12/17 December 15, 2017 The U.S. Embassy in Sarajevo advises U.S. citizens that individuals and groups opposed to the recent announcement that the U.S. government recognizes Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and plans to relocate its Embassy from Tel Aviv ... Read More»

#MyHometownMyBiH Video Competition Winners Announced

Our #MyHometownMyBiH video competition asked high school students to submit videos about the special things in their hometowns, from nature, to food, to culture.  We asked and they answered, with beautiful videos from every corner of Bosnia and Herzegovina!  Check out their amazing work below and please join us in congratulating Sejo Ivkovic (Jablanica), Adel ... Read More»

Unwavering Commitment to Security for BiH Citizens

On Tuesday, October 31, Ambassador Cormack joined Mirsad Vilic, Director of the BiH Directorate for Coordination of Police Bodies, to officially open a state-of-the-art BiH Emergency Operations Center. The U.S. Government’s donation of $400,000 of radio and video equipment will enable the Center to better coordinate the BiH government’s response to crises, from natural disasters ... Read More»

Ambassador Welcomes Commercial Arbitration Competitors from Zenica and Mostar

On October 30, Ambassador Cormack met with student teams and coaches from Zenica and Mostar who participated in a prestigious international commercial arbitration – the Vienna “Vis Moot” – in spring 2017.  The Commercial Law Development Program and the Mostar tech firm, NSoft, supported and sponsored the students during their training and preparation for the ... Read More»

Six BiH Law Schools to Participate in 2018 Vienna Vis Moot Competition

The U.S. Department of Commerce’s Commercial Law Development Program (CLDP) sponsored a training program October 27 to 29 at the University of Zenica for student commercial arbitration teams preparing to compete in the 2018 international Vis Moot in Vienna.  This year, six law schools from Zenica, Mostar, East Mostar, Tuzla, East Sarajevo, and Banja Luka participated ... Read More»

The Embassies of the United Kingdom and United States of America Deeply Concerned About the HJPC Conclusions

The Embassies of the United Kingdom and United States of America are deeply concerned about conclusions reached by the High Judicial and Prosecutorial Council (HJPC) on Thursday, following information submitted by the RS Center for the Investigation of War, War Crimes and the Search for Missing Persons.  In particular, we are troubled by the HJPC’s ... Read More»

U.S. Suppliers Meet with Regional Aviation Reps in Budapest

Commercial Specialist Edhem Brankovic and Travel Supervisor Almir Arapovic represented Embassy Sarajevo at the annual North America/Central Europe Airport Issues Conference, organized by the American Association of Airport Executives (AAAE) and the International Association of Airport Executives (IAAE), in Budapest October 24-26.  60+ representatives of airlines, airports, and aviation/airport-related companies from the United States and ... Read More»

BiH Parliamentarians to Visit the U.S.

The delegation of four members of the BiH Parliament will be traveling next month to Washington DC and Minneapolis, Minnesota, to engage with U.S. counterparts, the State Department, NGOs as well as local government officials to discuss solutions for countering radicalism and extremism globally. They will compare the drivers of extremism in different environments and ... Read More»

Staff Sergeant Meredith Cole Reflects on Training With Armed Forces of BiH

By: Staff Sergeant Meredith Cole, Civil Military Support Element, Bosnia & Herzegovina, U.S. Embassy Sarajevo Working as a representative of the U.S. Army at the U.S. Embassy in Sarajevo has been one of the most rewarding and interesting experiences I have had in my seven years of military service.  Currently, I am a member of the Civil Military ... Read More»

Strong U.S. Company Interest in BiH at Trade Winds 2017 in Bucharest

Edhem Brankovic, Commercial Specialist, represented Embassy Sarajevo at Trade Winds 2017 in Bucharest, October 18-20.  Trade Winds is the largest annual USG-led trade mission, organized by U.S. Department of Commerce, connecting 100+ U.S. companies and organizations to business and government leaders in some of the world’s most promising markets.  Embassy Sarajevo partnered the BiH Foreign ... Read More»

Video Contest: “Moj grad, moja Bosna i Hercegovina /My Hometown, My Bosnia and Herzegovina”

Official Video Contest Rules Contest Sponsors [1] “Moj grad, moja Bosna i Hercegovina/My home town, my Bosnia and Herzegovina” is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, Office of Public Affairs, U.S. Embassy Sarajevo. Contest Objectives What makes your hometown special?  We are seeking 90-second videos that illustrate the spirit of your home town and tell ... Read More»

U.S. Ambassador Cormack and EU Ambassador Wigemark Met With BiH Presidency Member Izetbegovic

Today E.U. Ambassador Lars-Gunnar Wigemark and U.S. Ambassador Maureen Cormack met with BiH Presidency Member Bakir Izetbegovic. They discussed the need for renewed momentum on the Euro-Atlantic path, implementing reform commitments, and improving the rule of law. They agreed on the urgent need to address the excise package, and unlock €500 million of investments in ... Read More»

Prokosko Lake Memorial Service

On Friday, September 5, Ambassador Cormack spoke at an event commemorating the 20th anniversary of the Prokosko Lake helicopter crash.  Twenty years ago, twelve passengers died when their helicopter crashed into Prokosko mountain in dense fog.  On board the flight were two separate delegations:  a five person OHR delegation and a seven person UN delegation. Five ... Read More»

Regional AmChams Visit BiH

Ambassador Cormack and DCM Horowitz enjoyed a discussion with AmChams Albania, BiH, Croatia, Serbia, Macedonia, and Montenegro about how they work to improve the business environment, represent their members, and give back to the communities in their home countries.  Regional AmChams are visiting Sarajevo and Mostar this week for their annual group consultation and strategy ... Read More»

U.S. Business Promotion and Networking Forum, Banja Luka

Ambassador Cormack opened the “U.S. Business Promotion and Networking Forum,” organized by the American Chamber of Commerce in Bosnia and Herzegovina and the U.S. Embassy, in Banja Luka on September 22.  Approximately 200 guests and media attended the opening ceremony to hear remarks from the Ambassador and Banja Luka Mayor Igor Radojic.   The Forum also ... Read More»

Ambassador Cormack met with a group of mayors

U.S. Ambassador to BiH Maureen Cormack met with a group of mayors for lunch on the margins of the “U.S. Business Promotion and Networking Forum” in Banja Luka on Friday, September 22.  The lunch was an opportunity to discuss how the mayors have improved the business climates in their municipalities, focusing on the best methods to drive economic growth and ways the U.S. Embassy ... Read More»

Regional Chiefs of Mission Workshop for U.S. Ambassadors in Sarajevo

The U.S. Embassy in Sarajevo is hosting an annual Regional Chiefs of Mission Workshop for U.S. Ambassadors September 17-19.  Participating in the workshop will be the U.S. Ambassadors to Albania, BiH, Croatia, Kosovo, Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia, and Slovenia. During the workshop, the Ambassadors will hold internal discussions related to common issues faced by U.S. missions ... Read More»

U.S. Ambassador Cormack and EU Ambassador Wigemark Met With BiH Presidency Chair Covic

Today U.S. Ambassador Maureen Cormack and EU Special Representative and Head of EU Delegation Lars-Gunnar Wigemark met with BiH Presidency Chair Dragan Covic. They discussed a number of issues concerning reforms, regaining momentum on the EU path, and improving the rule of law. On the 2018 General Elections, they emphasized the responsibility of all BiH ... Read More»

Ambassador Cormack Met with 20 Participants from Coca Cola Summership Program

Today, Ambassador Cormack met with 20 participants in Coca-Cola’s “Coke Summership” program, which draws together students from universities in Sarajevo, Tuzla, Mostar, Banja Luka, Turkey, and Ireland.  After congratulating the interns on being selected to such a highly competitive program, the Ambassador discussed her own career path and experience as the U.S. Ambassador to BiH. ... Read More»

Deputy Chief of Mission Visits Tuzla

Deputy Chief of Mission Paul Horowitz and Economic Chief John Ashworth visited Tuzla July 27 to 28. While in Tuzla, they toured the Tuzla Thermal Power Plant General Manager Izet Džananović and Elektroprivreda BiH General Manager Bajazit Jašarević (both pictured with DCM Horowitz). While in Tuzla, they also had meetings with the Tuzla Chief Prosecutor ... Read More»

4th of July Country Fair-Themed Party in Sarajevo

Last night, we celebrated America’s 241st birthday by doing something a bit different.  We decided to take a more casual approach to our Independence Day party this year, creating a traditional Country Fair with all the elements our friends from BiH needed to enjoy a real American experience.  Fairs like this take place across our country every summer, ... Read More»

Ambassador Cormack – Independence Day Remarks 2017

  Presidency Chairman Ivanic, President  Covic, President Izetbegovic, Ministers, Diplomatic Colleagues and distinguished guests,  Dobro veče svima i dobro došli … to U.S. Embassy Sarajevo’s celebration of the 241st anniversary of the Declaration of Independence of the United States of America! We’re trying a new approach this year, and I’m impressed by how many of ... Read More»

Exercise Jackal Stone 2017 Successfully Completed

Congratulations to all who participated in the overwhelmingly successful Exercise Jackal Stone 2017! Held from June 5 – 13, 2017 throughout Bosnia and Herzegovina, the exercise is part of the U.S. European Command’s Joint Training and Exercise Program designed to enhance joint, combined interoperability with Allied and partner nations.  This year’s exercise used a realistic ... Read More»

Anti-Corruption Campaign

U.S. Embassy Sarajevo and its offices – INL, ICITAP, and OPDAT – launched a public anti-corruption campaign in five cities in Bosnia and Herzegovina.  Working with community police officers and local prosecutors — and taking advantage of the six-month “anniversary” of Embassy Sarajevo’s “Anti-Corruption Week” in December — INL sought to engage the local public ... Read More»

MasterChef Christine Ha in BiH

Our Embassy was thrilled to host Christine Ha, an accomplished American chef, writer, and TV host.  She is the first blind contestant of MasterChef and winner of the popular series’ third season in 2012.  She came to Bosnia and Herzegovina  to share her experience, an American experience of innovation and achievement but also a personal ... Read More»

Jackal Stone 2017 Exercise in BiH

Members of the U.S. military will begin arriving in June in Bosnia and Herzegovina in preparation for Exercise Jackal Stone 2017. Jackal Stone is part of the U.S. European Command’s Joint Training and Exercise Program, which is designed to enhance joint, combined interoperability with Allied and partner nations. Jackal Stone 2017 is a bilateral exercise ... Read More»

Ambassador Cormack Opens Motorola Systems Presentation in Sarajevo

The Ambassador said at the event on May 4, “The Embassy is proud to support Motorola, a company known for supplying high-quality communications systems and devices to customers around the world.  As the U.S. Ambassador to Bosnia and Herzegovina, I welcome opportunities like this conference to support U.S. businesses and to strengthen the economic relationship ... Read More»

Banja Luka Branch Office Showcases American Brews

On May 27, the Embassy’s Banja Luka Branch Office showcased American specialty brews at the Krafting Beer Festival organized by Banja Luka home brewers.  They served 300 bottles of nine specialty American labels, none of which are available in Bosnia and Herzegovina—Sierra Nevada , Anderson Valley Brewing, Founders Brewing Company, Anchor Brewing Company, Flying Dog ... Read More»

Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Bomb Threat in Sarajevo is Resolved

U.S. Embassy Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Bomb Threat in Sarajevo is Resolved May 24, 2017 The Sarajevo Canton police has concluded the investigation of a bomb threat called earlier at the building of the Technical School (“Srednja masinska tehnicka skola”) located at Zmaja od Bosne 8 in Sarajevo, across the ... Read More»

Emergency Message for U.S. Citizens: Bomb Threat in Sarajevo

U.S. Embassy Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina Emergency Message for U.S. Citizens: Bomb Threat in Sarajevo May 24, 2017 On Wednesday, May 24, 2017, local police informed the Embassy of a bomb threat in the building of the Technical School (“Srednja masinska tehnicka skola”) located at Zmaja od Bosne 8 in Sarajevo. This is a building ... Read More»

Students Have Solutions!

Young people from across BiH demonstrated on May 20th that they want to be a part of solutions for their country and in their communities, presenting project proposals addressing a range of problems through the BiH Project Citizen Showcase.  More than 370 students from throughout the country shared their innovative portfolios in which they identified problems ... Read More»

FBI Legal Attache John Bivona on Practice and Experience in Assets Seizure

One important element of successfully combating crime and corruption is asset forfeiture – the process law enforcement agencies use to seize property suspected of being connected to criminal activity, or things belonging to someone convicted of a crime. The U.S. Department of Justice was proud to partner with the FBiH Seized Property Management Agency to ... Read More»

Denis Suljakovic Wins BiH Spelling Bee Final Competition

On Saturday, May 13, 17 young people from across BiH, winners of the Regional English-language Spelling Bee Competitions, came to Sarajevo to compete for prizes and the honor of carrying the title Bosnia and Herzegovina’s “Best English-Language Speller.” Denis Suljaković, from Gimnazija „Edhem Mulabdić“ Maglaj, won the first place, Ramiz Begić, from Gimnazija „Muhizin Rizvić“ Kakanj, came ... Read More»

Restoration of Historic Red Cross Building Complete

Speaking at a ceremony to mark the completion of the Ambassadors’ Fund for Cultural Preservation (AFCP) project for the internal reconstruction of the Red Cross Society building, Ambassador Cormack noted that with the completion of this restoration project, we mark not only the rebirth of this important building, we look toward the future; a future ... Read More»

Europe Travel Alert

LAST UPDATED: MAY 1, 2017 The Department of State alerts U.S. citizens to the continued threat of terrorist attacks throughout Europe. This Travel Alert expires on September 1, 2017. Recent, widely-reported incidents in France, Russia, Sweden, and the United Kingdom demonstrate that the Islamic State of Iraq and ash-Sham (ISIS or Da’esh), al-Qa’ida, and their ... Read More»

Ambassador Cormack Opens “American Room” at the Faculty of Criminology in Sarajevo

Ambassador Cormack and Prof. Nedzad Korajlic, Dean of the Criminal Justice, Criminology, and Security Studies Faculty in Sarajevo, opened the “American Room” – a computer laboratory established with a $30,000 donation from the United States. The facility will be used by students for a joint U.S. Embassy – University of Sarajevo Court Observation Project. The ... Read More»

Senator John McCain Visits BiH

As part of the broader visit to the region, Chairman of the Senate Committee on Armed Services, Senator John McCain (R-AZ) visited Sarajevo on Tuesday, April 11. Following the meeting with BiH officials, Senator McCain released the statement on his visit to Bosnia and Herzegovina. STATEMENT BY SASC CHAIRMAN JOHN McCAIN ON VISIT TO BOSNIA & HERZEGOVINA “I would like to express my appreciation to the people ... Read More»

Northwestern University’s Little Shop of Horrors Takes BiH By Storm!

With support from State Department’s Arts Envoy program, U.S. Embassy Sarajevo brought the Northwestern University Dolphin Show’s production of Little Shop of Horrors to BiH for a one-week tour. This tour was the first time a Broadway musical with an American cast had ever been produced in BiH, and the show played to over 1,000 ... Read More»

Awards Presented to the Winners of the Contest “My Bosnia and Herzegovina – My Heritage”

The BiH Commission to Preserve National Monuments organized an awards ceremony for winners of the contest “My Bosnia and Herzegovina, My Heritage”, which complimented the reconstruction project of the Red Cross Society building of Bosnia and Herzegovina, funded through the Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Preservation. The aim of the campaign was for students to creatively ... Read More»

DCM Visits Immortelle Producer Arome Mostar

On March 23, Deputy Chief of Mission Paul Horowitz visited Arome Mostar, a medicinal and aromatic plant producer and USAID BiH grantee.  Arome, founded in 2009, grows lavender, rosemary, and immortelle on over 40 hectares of land.  The company also processes immortelle-based essential oils for sale to the cosmetics industry.   Read More»

Science Slumber Party at the National Museum Brings Youth Together

Ambassador Cormack opened BiH’s second “Night at the Museum” (but first overnight experience) which offered hands-on learning experiences for participants from elementary and secondary schools across BiH. Designed by BiH’s NGO Center for Democracy and Education CIVITAS, and the event’s host the National Museum of BiH, the program gathered over 250 students who spent the ... Read More»

Nationwide “Model BiH” Project Engages Youth in the Process of Government and Governing

With support from the U.S. Embassy’s Office of Public Affairs, Sarajevo’s Second Gimnazija played host to Model BiH, which drew together 120 high school students from across BiH to participate in simulated sessions of the BiH state bodies – the House of Representatives, the House of Peoples, the Council of Ministers, and the Presidency of ... Read More»

Valuable Donation to Armed Forces of BiH

On March 23, Ambassador Cormack delivered a $3.5 million donation to the Armed Forces of BiH during a ceremony at Rajlovac barracks. The donation of 24 HMMWVs provided by the U.S. government increased the capacity of the BiH Armed Forces.  During the ceremony, Ambassador noted that this donation is a clear and unmistakable symbol of U.S. commitment ... Read More»

16th Century Bridge in Žepa Protected and Preserved Thanks to AFCP Funds

Acclaimed writer and Nobel Prize Winner Ivo Andrić has written a story about the Bridge on Žepa river, a 16th century incredible monument to the history of Eastern Bosnia and Herzegovina. Starting in 2012, the United States, through the U.S. Ambassador’s Fund for Cultural Preservation and in partnership with the BiH Commission to Preserve National ... Read More»

Commercial Law Development Program Arbitration Training in Mostar

On February 17-19, the Department of Commerce’s Commercial Law Development Program (CLDP) held a three-day International Commercial Arbitration Moot Training and Competition (Vis Moot) at the University of Mostar. The Vis Moot is an educational tool for arbitrators, judges, lawyers, professors, and law students, to foster the study and practice of international commercial and arbitration ... Read More»

Check Out Our New Site!

Yes, we have a brand new website! Have a look around! The new-look website has seven sections representing broad topics that may be of interest to you. The sections are broken down further into sub-categories to assist you in finding specific information. The Seven Sections are: Visas – For all your Visa needs and questions. U.S. Citizen Services – ... Read More»

Tolerance, It’s All in the Music

The Music Meeting program, organized by ESF Interethnic assistance grantee Jazz Fest of Sarajevo, is an educational program that brings together 50 young musicians and music students from throughout BiH, along with 30 peers from surrounding countries in the region. The innovative arts program leverages music as a tool to promote tolerance, coexistence and reconciliation.  ... Read More»

“The Most Important IT Event of the Year”

The second annual Embassy-sponsored Zajedno Postižemo Vise (Together We Achieve More) Hackathon competition took place December 2-4 in Banja Luka, with 60 participants from across the country. Supported by an ESF Civic Education grant and implemented in partnership with Banja Luka’s IT Cluster, the program brought together students and young entrepreneurs from across BiH, to ... Read More»

U.S. Embassy Press Statement

In a demonstration of continued U.S. commitment to the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Bosnia and Herzegovina, and to strengthening democratic principles and institutions within the country, Deputy Assistant Secretary of State Hoyt Yee and Ambassador Maureen Cormack spoke with the RS President to underscore our concerns about his recent statements and actions, and to ... Read More»

Winners of “Stvaram promjenu, suzbijam korupciju” Competition

Congratulations to the winners of our “Stvaram promjenu, #suzbijamkorupciju” video competition!  We received over 100 great entries about how to fight corruption, and it was tough for the judges to decide which were the best. Thank you to everyone who participated, and keep up the great work! First Place (two entries tied): Amina Hodzić, Gimnazija Dobrinje, Sarajevo Žarko Plaić, High medical school “Gemit-Apeiron,” Banja Luka Second Place: Adel Nikšić and Amer Šehić, Srednja zubotehnička škola, Sarajevo Third ... Read More»

International Education Week (IEW) in BiH

November 15, 2016 Chargé d’Affaires Paul Horowitz kicked off International Education Week 2016 with a group of 65 high school students at Obala Gimnazija in Sarajevo. The Chargé encouraged students to consider studying in the United States, where they can take advantage of the flexibility of the U.S. educational system, benefit from close interaction with ... Read More»

Students Practice Courtroom Law

The fifth Moot Court Competition, co-sponsored by OPDAT and BiH Prosecutor’s Office, with support from the Court of BiH was held November 9-11, 2016 at Jahorina Mountain, Bosnia and Herzegovina.  OPDAT has been supporting this program, led largely by a BiH Prosecutor and his Legal Assistant, for the past four years.  The program reached over ... Read More»

“Stvaram promjenu, suzbijam korupciju”

The Office of Public Affairs of the United States Embassy Sarajevo is organizing a video contest as part of events marking anti-corruption week.  We invite all BiH high school students, residing in Bosnia and Herzegovina, to submit a video on the topic: “What can I do to fight corruption in my daily life, my school ... Read More»

Wine Lovers Sample California and Washington Wines at Vinosaur Wine Festival in Banja Luka

The U.S. Embassy staff presented samples of U.S. wines at the Vinosaur Wine Festival at Hotel Bosna in Banja Luka October 20 and 21.  The event featured California and Washington wines including Chateau St. Michelle, Columbia Crest, Robert Mondavi, Gnarly Head, Cupcake, Woodbridge, and Naked Grape.  For many festival-goers it was their first time tasting ... Read More»

Importance of Agricultural Development in BiH

On October 13, at the event held in Banja Luka where 16 agricultural producers showcased their cheese, honey, fresh and processed fruit and vegetables, natural cosmetics and similar agro products, Ambassador Maureen Cormack spoke about the vital importance of agriculture in BiH and globally. This event was organized as part of the USAID/Sweden FARMA II, ... Read More»

Strengthening the Role of Women in Bosnia and Herzegovina

The Law Institute in Bosnia and Herzegovina presented the findings of its research project “Strengthening the role of women in Bosnia and Herzegovina,” which received support from an Embassy’s ESF-Women’s Empowerment grant.  The policy paper focused on the participation of women in public life and the political decision-making process.  The working group’s research revealed unequal ... Read More»

Poligon Literary Festival in Mostar Honors Harper Lee

Assistant Cultural Affairs Officer Elizabeth Blumenthal spoke at the opening of the Embassy-supported literary festival, which gathers authors from the region to present their work and discuss important issues in literature.  Jointly organized by the Kosaca Cultural Center, United World College and the Pavarotti Center, the festival paid tribute to American novelist Harper Lee with ... Read More»

Judicial Ethics Training

The U.S. Department of Justice partnered with Judicial and Prosecutorial Training Centers of the FBiH and the RS to hold a two-day Judicial Ethics Workshop from the 21st and 22nd of September.  American judges joined their counterparts from BiH, along with the Disciplinary Prosecutor of the High Judicial and Prosecutorial Council and the Director of FBiH Judicial and Prosecutorial Training Center, ... Read More»

“Think Freedom” Project in Banja Luka

On the International Day of Peace, the people of Banja Luka came out to celebrate peace and art for the opening of the Embassy-sponsored “Think Freedom” project. Bosnian-American artist, Edina Seleskovic, partnered with the Museum of Contemporary Art and high school students in Banja Luka to install a flock of 1,000 metal birds, carrying messages ... Read More»

Hello, Neighbor!

One hundred and fifty participants from BiH, Croatia, Montenegro, Serbia, Slovenia and 15 other European countries came together for the Hello Neighbor Climbing and High-lining Festival in the Tijesno Canyon near Banja Luka.  Organized by the Banja Luka Climbing Club with an Embassy’s ESF-Interethnic Reconciliation grant, participants spent ten days working together and building relationships ... Read More»

Military Medical Exchange

Maryland Air National Guard got together with their counterparts from different battalions within AFBiH for a medical exchange at Kasarna Kozara in Banja Luka to prepare them for their deployment as a security force.  “Hopefully, you’ll never have to use the important lessons and skills you learned today and over the course of the past ... Read More»

Ambassador Cormack Shares Career Advice with Coca-Cola Summer Interns

Ambassador Cormack invited Coca-Cola’s summer interns to the Embassy for a lively discussion and Q&A about everything from work and life in BiH, to her personal experiences as a public affairs diplomat stationed in different countries all around the world.  Ambassador Cormack shared insights from her career and encouraged students to be themselves, work hard, ... Read More»

Defense Review Decision

The Embassies of the United States of America and the United Kingdom, and NATO Headquarters Sarajevo welcome the decision by the BiH Presidency to issue clear direction to the Ministry of Defense to complete BiH’s Defense Review.  The completed Review will define the Armed Forces’ size and capability, frame modernization plans, and identify resources required ... Read More»

Ambassador Maureen Cormack Remarks at Embassy Sarajevo Independence Day Celebration

Chairman Zvizdic, Distinguished Ministers and Colleagues, Honored Guests — good evening.  As the United States Ambassador to Bosnia and Herzegovina, it is an honor to host each of you for our Independence Day Celebration.  Dobrodosli and welcome. I would like to give a special welcome to the 22 U.S.-affiliated businesses that contributed their support to ... Read More»

CareFusion Commercial Promotion Event at U.S. Embassy Sarajevo

The Embassy hosted U.S. medical technology company CareFusion for an educational seminar and demonstration of its mechanical respirators for adult Intensive Care Unit patients.  Approximately 50 doctors, health administrators, and other healthcare professionals attended the event.  Ambassador Cormack welcomed participants, stating, “It is a pleasure to host so many healthcare experts from around the country ... Read More»

Continuing Commitment to Countering Corruption in BiH

Embassy staff from the U.S. Department of Justice were joined by experts from the FBI, U.S. Attorney’s Office, and IRS Criminal Investigative Division to work with local police and prosecutors on anti-corruption investigations and prosecutions.  The participants at this recent workshop included a mix of prosecutors and investigators from institutions across BiH and the lectures ... Read More»

Helping BiH to Respond Emergencies

The Embassy’s Civil Military Affairs Team has been working with teachers, students, and first responders for over a  year and a half to make sure those in a position to help during an emergency have the skills they need to do so.  Now to make sure they have the equipment needed to continue the program, ... Read More»

Banja Luka Branch Officer Director Remarks at Microsoft Innovation Center Opening

Banja Luka Branch Office Director Ed Gallagher gave remarks at the opening in Banja Luka of BiH’s first Microsoft Innovation Centre (MIC).  The Center will provide training to young people with the ultimate goals of helping them to found companies in the IT sector, raising their level of competitiveness, and creating jobs.  The Center is ... Read More»

Ambassador Cormack Visit to Coca-Cola Bottling Plant

Ambassador Cormack visited the Coca-Cola Hellenic Bottling Company bottling plant in Hadžići for a tour and overview of Coca-Cola’s operations in BiH.  The Ambassador said, “Coca-Cola represents one of the finest examples of foreign direct investment in Bosnia and Herzegovina in the post-war period.” The U.S. Embassy is committed to promoting American commercial investment and ... Read More»

Deputy Chief of Mission Paul Horowitz Remarks at American Chamber of Commerce General Assembly and Elections

The DCM gave opening remarks at the American Chamber of Commerce’s (AmCham) General Assembly during which the AmCham elected a new Board of Governors.  The DCM congratulated AmCham’s board for their work and commitment for the past two years, and stated, “I strongly believe the work of the AmCham’s staff and board has made this ... Read More»

HJPC event launching the USAID-supported Judicial Effectiveness Index

Hotel Terme Remarks Ambassador Maureen Cormack President Tegeltija, Director Suljagic, ministers, fellow ambassadors, judges and prosecutors, distinguished guests: A decade ago, when USAID first piloted the Case Management System in six Bosnian courts, there was widespread skepticism as to whether it would be adopted and used.   While not a perfect system, today the judiciary uses ... Read More»

The Tactical Trauma Management Course Successfully Completed

The U.S. Embassy is pleased to announce the successful culmination of a two year program involving experts from the Embassy’s Civil Military Affairs Team and ICITAP working with law enforcement officials across BiH to help them serve their communities even better by establishing standards for emergency medical treatment and providing first-aid training. The Tactical Trauma ... Read More»

Ambassador Cormack’s Remarks at the “2020 Vision for BiH: Prospects for Progress”

U.S. Ambassador to BiH Maureen Cormack Remarks at the “2020 Vision for BiH: Prospects for Progress” May 16, Sarajevo Good morning distinguished guests, ladies, and gentlemen. Five months ago, our hosts today from Johns Hopkins SAIS brought many of us together on Jahorina to begin a discussion on taking the necessary steps to build a ... Read More»

FBiH Women’s Caucus Conference about Economic and Political Empowerment of Women

BiH Parliamentary Assembly (Blue Room) Remarks Ambassador Maureen Cormack I am very happy to be here today.   This is my first official event with the Federation Women’s Caucus, but I first heard about your good work from Senator Jeanne Shaheen  and her chief of staff, Maura Keefe, who very much appreciate having been your partners ... Read More»

Earth Day 2016 in Sutjeska National Park

The U.S. Embassy in BiH marked the 46th annual Earth Day by focusing on the future of Sutjeska National Park.  Forestry students from Sarajevo and East Sarajevo Universities worked with Embassy volunteers, park staff, and experts from NGO Terra Dinarica on trail maintenance. They also installed new trail markings that identify Sutjeska as part of ... Read More»

Energy Automation Systems, Inc. Commercial Promotion Event at Embassy Sarajevo

Tennessee-based company Energy Automation Systems, Inc. (EASI) held an event at the Embassy to promote their work on energy conservation systems and technology with state companies, government representatives, and a range of private businesses in BiH.  The Ambassador noted that EASI’s equipment can “strengthen economic and commercial ties between the United States and BiH.”  The ... Read More»

Opening of the Newly Renovated American Corner Mostar

We are very excited to announce the official reopening of the newly-renovated American Corner Mostar.  With an investment of over $200,000 in remodeling, technology, staff, and programs, we, together with the help from our friends from the Smithsonian, transformed the American Corner Mostar into a place where young people from Mostar and whole Hrezegovina region ... Read More»

U.S. Embassy Sarajevo Statement on the ICTY Verdict in the Case of Radovan Karadzic

The U.S. Embassy in Sarajevo views today’s verdict by the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia in the case of Radovan Karadzic as an important step toward holding the individuals who were responsible for the tremendous suffering of the people of Bosnia and Herzegovina to account.  We hope that it can provide some sense ... Read More»

Ambassador Cormack Visits “Bosnian and Herzegovinian Voices” Exhibit in Washington

This March, while in Washington, Ambassador Cormack visited The Phillips Collection and the exhibit of artwork created by aspiring artists, students and teachers from BiH. Last fall, the Phillips Collection partnered with U.S. Department of State to facilitate a series of workshops in BiH. Phillips Collection educators spent two weeks in Sarajevo, Mostar and Trebinje, ... Read More»

“Seven” in the Federation of BiH Parliament

On March 8, 2016, in honor of the International Women’s Day, Sarajevo Open Center organized reading of the play “Seven”, a documentary play based on interviews with seven women’s rights activists, from around the world, whose life stories remain an incredible source of inspiration for the new generations of women and men in their efforts ... Read More»

Oracle Presentation: Modern Solutions for Public Safety, Justice, and Defense

On March 7, the U.S. Embassy hosted a “Modern Solutions for Public Safety, Justice, and Defense” seminar with U.S. company Oracle where top executives from Oracle discussed their extensive range of innovative products and services. In her opening remarks, Ambassador Cormack said, “The Embassy is proud to support companies like Oracle, which consistently deliver high-quality ... Read More»

Presentation of the Diagnostic Assessment of the Integrity of Judiciary in BiH

Hotel Bristol Remarks Ambassador Maureen Cormack President Tegeltija, Director Lisak, distinguished ministers, judges and prosecutors, attorneys, donor representatives, honored guests. Since I arrived here in Bosnia and Herzegovina one year ago, I have consistently noted that corruption is one of the biggest challenges facing BiH today.  In December, the U.S. Embassy hosted a week of ... Read More»

Cisco Commercial Promotion Event at Embassy Sarajevo

American software company Cisco Systems, Inc. held a promotional workshop event at the Embassy for over 50 participants, who learned about Cisco’s cyber security innovations for the government and private sector.  Ambassador Cormack said, “The Embassy is proud to support U.S. companies like Cisco, which deliver high-quality information-technology products to BiH businesses and government ministries.”  ... Read More»

Together We Achieve More Contest – Winners

Our sincere thanks to the three hundred students wrote essays and thirty students who created videos responding to the question: “How Can I Help Build a Better Bosnia and Herzegovina?”  We were inspired by your ideas and we encourage all of you to remember what was a key theme in many entries: Change has to ... Read More»

Igman Initiative – 20 Years After Dayton

Good morning, Ladies and Gentlemen, distinguished colleagues, and honored guests, I am very pleased to join the Igman Initiative today as you celebrate the 20th anniversaries of both the courageous trip over Mt. Igman that launched your initiative and of the Dayton Peace Agreement. The importance of your thought-provoking conversations on Bosnia and Herzegovina is ... Read More»

Ambassador Cormack Speaks About 20th Anniversary of Dayton at Igman Initiative

Addressing participants at Saturday’s session of the Igman Initiative, dedicated to the 20th anniversary of the Dayton Peace Accords, Ambassador Cormack emphasized that BiH is at a crossroads, with more effort needed to advance towards EU and NATO membership. She called for more decisive engagement in all fields in implementing the Reform Agenda, and noted ... Read More»

Remarks for International Human Rights Day

Chairman Bojic, Minister Borovac, Speaker of House of Peoples Tadic members of the Parliament, members of the academic community, representatives of civil society, ladies and gentlemen. Thank you for the opportunity to speak to you on this important occasion; Human Rights Day. Today we commemorate the signing of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in ... Read More»

U.S. Judge Byron and U.S. Attorney Hochul Talk about Importance of Fight Against Corruption

Helping the U.S. Embassy engage local audiences during Anti-Corruption Week, visiting U.S. Judge Paul Byron and U.S. Attorney William Hochul had great conversations with students of criminology and security studies at the University of Sarajevo, law students from the University of East Sarajevo, and students from law schools of University of Mostar and Svecuiliste Mostar. ... Read More»

Anticorruption Award Ceremony

Ladies and Gentlemen, Distinguished Guests I am very honored to be here today to recognize those who have demonstrated true dedication and courage in the fight against corruption.  These individuals represent the many men and women who work to bring justice and transparency to the population of Bosnia and Herzegovina, and, I hope after today, ... Read More»

Ambassador Cormack Delivers Anti-Corruption Awards

As part of the United States Embassy’s program to highlight counter corruption efforts in BiH, U.S. Ambassador Maureen Cormack has established a series of awards for individuals and organizations who are leading the fight to stamp out corruption in the country. On Monday, December 7, Ambassador Cormack made brief remarks about high cost of corruption ... Read More»

Marking 20 years of Peace in BiH

On Saturday, November 21, United States Embassy to Bosnia and Herzegovina, together with the USAID Mission to BiH, hosted an event marking the 20th anniversary of the Dayton Peace Agreement in BiH, and two decades of peace that have followed. U.S. Ambassador to BiH Maureen Cormack, member of the BiH Presidency Bakir Izetbegovic, and Congressman ... Read More»

Remarks by U.S. Ambassador to BiH Maureen Cormack Conference “Bosnia and Herzegovina – Road to COP21

Ministers, Ambassador Bodonyi, Ambassador Sinanoglu, and distinguished guests – As 190 countries prepare for the COP 21 event in Paris next week, we are gathered here today to consider the context of what is at stake when we discuss climate change, and focus on how we can ensure success in Paris and here in BiH. ... Read More»

U.S. Embassy BiH Statement of Condolences

We in the United States Embassy to BiH extend our sincerest condolences to the families of Private First Class Armin Salkic and Corporal Nedeljko Radic, the soldiers killed in last night’s terrorist attack in Rajlovac, and to their friends and colleagues in the Armed Forces of BiH, for whom we have the deepest respect.  Our ... Read More»

Remarks for Dayton Peace Accords 20th Anniversary Conference at SAIS

As Prepared for Delivery Ladies and Gentlemen, Honored guests, Distinguished Colleagues, Dobro Jutro and Good morning! Introduction I am very honored to be here today to open this conference and celebrate the 20th anniversary of the signing of the Dayton Peace Accords, technically known as the General Framework Agreement for Peace in Bosnia and Herzegovina. ... Read More»

Major General Gregory Lengyel, Commander of the United States Special Operations Command, Europe (SOCEUR) visits BiH

Today the U.S. Embassy hosted a round table discussion of security issues with representatives from across the state, entity, and cantonal governments. The event was held in support of a visit by Major General Gregory Lengyel, Commander of the United States Special Operations Command, Europe (SOCEUR). The round table began with a discussion of the ... Read More»

“Together We Achieve More” Hackathon in Sarajevo

Making your ride on public transportation more predictable, improving the way critical blood donations are collected, and using gaming to get young people excited about engineering – these were a few of the top ideas for using technology to serve BiH better that came out of this weekend’s 72-hour Hackathon.  More than 65 students from ... Read More»

Together We Achieve More (Zajedno postižemo više)

Twenty years after the Dayton Peace Accords put an end to the war in Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH), Embassy Sarajevo commemorated the anniversary with a nationwide campaign focused on fostering a shared vision for the country’s future. Branded as “Zajedno Postizemo Vise” (“Together We Achieve More”) the year-long project included a challenge to get 20,000 ... Read More»

Embassy Promotes U.S. Wines at Sarajevo Wine Weekend

The Embassy sponsored a booth at the Sarajevo Wine Weekend at the Hotel Europe to showcase U.S. wines from California and Washington.  Local distributors and restaurants had an opportunity to learn about and taste numerous U.S. wines.  Attendees also engaged with Embassy staff to learn about education opportunities in the U.S., visa information, and to ... Read More»

Deputy Chief of Mission of the U.S. Embassy Sarajevo Paul Horowitz visited the Glamoc Ammunition Destruction Range

Demonstrating our continued, joint commitment to supporting the disposal of excess, unsafe ammunition in Bosnia-Herzegovina, U.S. Embassy Deputy Chief of Mission Paul Horowitz and Assistant Army Attaché LTC Chris Werner joined officials from the Ministry of Defense and Armed Forces of Bosnia-Herzegovina to tour the Glamoc Ammunition Destruction Range on Wednesday. These munitions – remnants ... Read More»

Gradiska Fruit and Vegetable Fair

On Sunday September 20, Director of the Embassy’s Branch Office Banja Luka Ed Gallagher and his deputy Maria Stavropoulos attended Gradiska’s annual fruit and vegetable fair. They were greeted by Mayor Zoran Latinovic and his advisor who showed them around the fair where local producers displayed their best produce and competed for prizes. Additionally, there ... Read More»

Tactical Trauma Management TrainingTactical Trauma Management Training, Sarajevo

BiH Armed Forces, RS SJU, SIPA, and U.S. military members worked with colleagues from the Sarajevo Canton Special Support Police Unit to build trust and interoperability between organizations while providing SSU members with first-aid skills needed to keep potential victims alive until medical help arrives. This course was one of several conducted throughout Bosnia and ... Read More»

Ambassador Cormack Meets Mostar STEAM Team Participants

Sixteen ninth graders from the Mostar American Corner’s STEAM Team met Ambassador Cormack to tell her how valuable they find the program, which offers free workshops in art, 3D printing and audio production to students from eight Mostar schools.  The STEAM Team also creates a platform for strengthening the student network in Mostar by pairing ... Read More»

Remarks for Parliament MoU Signing Ceremony in Support of B-H Cultural Institutions and Announcement of $625,000 AFCP Donation to National Museum

Parliament Ceremonial Hall, September 15, 2015, 13:00 p.m. Dragi svi danas okupljeni ovdje na ovaj istinski poseban dan! To all of you gathered here today, what a special day! This is an important day for all the citizens of Bosnia and Herzegovina, a day to celebrate a priceless institution, your National Museum.  With the agreement ... Read More»

Ambassador Cormack at the Mount Igman Commemoration

Ambassador Cormack, Defense Attaché COL Mark Karas, and Embassy staff attended the commemoration honoring Ambassador Robert Frasure, Doctor Joe Kruzel, Colonel Nelson Drew, and French Corporal Stefan Raoult on the 20th anniversary of the tragic accident on Mount Igman that took their lives as they worked bravely to help end the war in Bosnia and ... Read More»

Ambassador Cormack at the Igman Commemoration Mountain Igman Commemoration

Ambassador Cormack, Defense Attaché COL Mark Karas, and Embassy staff attended the commemoration honoring Ambassador Robert Frasure, Doctor Joe Kruzel, Colonel Nelson Drew, and French Corporal Stefan Raoult on the 20th anniversary of the tragic accident on Mount Igman that took their lives as they worked bravely to help end the war in Bosnia and ... Read More»

U.S. Embassy Sarajevo Statement on the Incident at the Potocari Commemoration

As Former President Clinton said in his remarks honoring the 20th anniversary of the genocide in Srebrenica today, it took courage for PM Vucic to attend the commemoration. The U.S. Embassy in Sarajevo condemns the subsequent attack on the Prime Minister.   Many of the mourners were horrified by the violence and disheartened that it disrupted ... Read More»

Statement by the President on the 20th Anniversary of the Srebrenica Genocide

THE WHITE HOUSE Office of the Press Secretary On July 11, we join people of all faiths and nationalities in commemorating the Srebrenica genocide.  We mourn the loss of its more than 8,000 victims, and we honor the memory of those only now being laid to rest, and all those still missing. Twenty years ago, ... Read More»

Statement on the Failure of the UN Resolution on the Srebrenica Genocide

The U.S. Embassy strongly echoes the sentiments expressed by Ambassador Power on the floor of the United Nations yesterday, voices throughout the U.S. Government, and members of the international community who were equally disheartened by Russia’s decision to veto the Security Council resolution commemorating the 20th Anniversary of the Srebrenica Genocide.  As Ambassador Power noted, ... Read More»

Ambassador Cormack’s American University in BiH Commencement Speech

Faculty, parents, friends, dignified guests, and the graduating class of 2015 – it is my great pleasure to address you all today at the sixth commencement ceremony of the American University of Bosnia and Herzegovina.  Congratulations to the AUBiH community—and especially the graduating class of 2015 – on reaching this occasion.  I want to thank ... Read More»

Ambassador Cormack’s American University in BiH Commencement Speech

Addressing the American University in BiH graduating class of 2015, the Ambassador stressed several challenges and opportunities that lie before the young people in BiH. Ambassador Cormack told the graduates that they “are the generation raised during these 20 years since the war ended, the generation raised in the peace provided by the Dayton Agreement, ... Read More»

U.S. Ambassador to BiH Maureen E. Cormack: Remarks at the Independence Day Reception

Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina Ladies and Gentlemen, good evening. As United States Ambassador to Bosnia and Herzegovina, it is an honor to host each of you this evening.  Dobrodošli and welcome. “President Ivanic, President Izetbegovic, Chairman Zvizdic, Ministers, Excellencies, Eminences , ladies and gentlemen, thank you so much for being with us tonight. I would ... Read More»

4th of July Celebration in Sarajevo

On July 1, Ambassador Maureen Cormack and her family hosted areception in the Embassy Sarajevo’s garden. That was an opportunity to welcome the BiH government officials, members of the diplomatic corps, as well as representatives from entity and municipal governments. We were very pleased to see so many of our partners, friends, and colleagues from ... Read More»

U.S. Embassy Honors Volunteers Who Accepted the Challenge

More than 100 volunteers, representing their organizations and individual efforts, gathered in the Embassy on June 9 for a mid-year celebration of the Challenge: Choose the Cause, Be the Effect.  In January 2015, the Embassy has challenged 20,000 volunteers to engage in community service projects throughout the country to help Bosnia and Herzegovina mark 20 ... Read More»

U.S. Donates Demining Equipment to the Armed Forces of BiH

United States, through the Humanitarian Mine Action program (HMA), donated the equipment to the Armed Forces of Bosnia-Herzegovina Demining Battalion – equipment which will be used to help the Armed Forces of Bosnia-Herzegovina make local communities in this country safer. Working with our local partners such as the Bosnia-Herzegovina Mine Action Center, Civil Protection units, ... Read More»

The Visit of General John Allen

Special Presidential Envoy for the Global Coalition to Counter ISIL General John Allen was in Sarajevo today to brief senior BiH political and security leadership on Coalition efforts to degrade and defeat ISIL. General Allen had productive meetings with members of the Presidency of BiH, OSA leadership, and representatives from security, judicial, and law enforcement ... Read More»

Youth Leadership Program: Reunion and Leadership Conference

On April 25-27, the Office of Public Affairs of the U.S. Embassy in Sarajevo hosted a reunion and leadership conference on Mt. Bjelasnica for secondary school students and teachers who participated in the U.S. Embassy’s Youth Leadership Program.  The conference gathered over 110 students and teacher alumni from our 2012-2014 programs. Ambassador Maureen Cormack opened ... Read More»

Peace Murals in BiH

The U.S. Embassy in BiH, in cooperation with BiH NGO Motus Adulescenti, has initiated a graffiti project “Peace murals” that will be taking place in Sarajevo, East Sarajevo and Mostar from April 17-30, 2015. Marking the 20th anniversary of peace in Bosnia and Herzegovina, world famous graffiti artist Caleb Neelon will lead a group of ... Read More»

U.S. Embassy Press Statement on the RSNA Declaration

The U.S. Embassy in Sarajevo urges members of the the Republika Srpska National Assembly to show their commitment to the Dayton Peace Agreement by refraining from adopting any declaration that would disregard the authority of the Constitutional Court of Bosnia and Herzegovina. To explicitly express intent not to implement the pending decision of the Constitutional ... Read More»

Ambassador Cormack at Sarajevo University: Policy Dialogue with Future Leaders

During a a lecture  for the students of the University of Sarajevo,  held on   March 10,  Ambassador Maureen Cormack  outlined the key challenges ahead of Bosnia and Herzegovina  on its  path to the EU and  NATO and the strategic  priorities of US policy  in the country. During her speech “ Policy Dialogue  with Future  Leaders” ... Read More»

U.S. Embassy Press Statement on Formation of the BiH Council of Ministers and Government of FBiH

Yesterday’s formation of the Council of Ministers and the Federation Government allows the elected officials to turn their focus rightfully to a demanding reform agenda that must be addressed immediately. Citizens of Bosnia and Herzegovina expect tangible progress in a number of areas including job creation, rule of law, struggle against corruption and progress towards ... Read More»

Zajedno Postizemo Vise – Stories

As we look back at 20 years of peace in BiH this year and forward to the opportunities and challenges ahead, we want to take a moment to highlight some of the remarkable people making a difference in their communities and their country with support from the U.S. Embassy.  They’ve inspired us and hope their ... Read More»

U.S. Embassy Welcomes Decision of the EU Foreign Affairs Council

The U.S. Embassy welcomes the decision of the EU Foreign Affairs Council to proceed with the conclusion and entry into force of the Stabilization and Association Agreement with Bosnia and Herzegovina.  This is an important milestone on the path to EU integration.  Outlining and implementing the actual reform agenda in coming months will be difficult, ... Read More»

How to Build a Positive Business Environment in Bosnia and Herzegovina?

Ambassador Maureen Cormack met with members of the American Chamber of Commerce in BiH, and discussed with them challenges and potential solutions to build a positive business environment in Bosnia and Herzegovina. She stressed that new laws and improved procedures are important to improve the business climate, but one thing above all else was needed: ... Read More»

Ambassador Cormack Visits Srebrenica and Potocari

The U.S. is committed to helping Srebrenica, noted Ambassador Maureen Cormack during her first visit to Srebrenica and Potocari on Wednesday, March 11, 2015.  “One of my  highest priorities in the  first weeks in Bosnia and Herzegovina was to come here and pay respects to the victims of genocide and all the innocent victims” said ... Read More»

“Youth, Art and Activism” in BiH

“Youth, Art, Activism” is a project which will be implemented throughout the BiH over the course of next nine months. Using street art, graffiti, hip-hop and art in general, young people from whole country will be advocating for changes of public policy measures in BiH. As part of this project, a world renowned graffiti artist ... Read More»

Ambassador Cormack Visits Mostar and Trebinje

On her first trip to Herzegovina, Ambassador Cormack visited Mostar and Trebinje. In addition to meeting officials from both cities, the Ambassador was delighted to visit Intera Technology Park and learn more about entrepreneurship efforts among young people in Mostar. While in Trebinje, she visited several local businesses and stressed the need for creating a ... Read More»

Soldiers from AFBiH One Step Closer to U.S. Army Ranger School

Having successfully competed in a grueling National Selection process, three of the eleven soldiers remaining will likely be the first from Bosnia and Herzegovina to attend the prestigious United States Army Ranger School in April at Fort Benning, Georgia, according to the US Office of Defense Cooperation. Twenty-six soldiers from across the Armed Forces of ... Read More»

Ambassador Cormack opens Counter-Terrorism Workshop

Ambassador Maureen Cormack officially welcomed participants to a Counter-Terrorism Workshop in Sarajevo hosted by the U.S. Department of Justice in order to encourage cooperation between investigators and prosecutors.  The two-day event held at the Hotel Hollywood features American counter-terrorism experts and their counterparts from SIPA and the BiH Prosecutor’s Office providing insight on how to ... Read More»

United States Ambassador to Bosnia and Herzegovina Maureen Cormack – Welcome Reception Remarks

Ladies and gentlemen, good evening to you all. Thank you for your warm welcome, both tonight and in the days since we arrived. We’ve had a wonderful introduction to Bosnia and Herzegovina, and we are grateful for everyone’s kind hospitality and well wishes. My husband Bill sends his regards— he is a construction engineer with ... Read More»

Welcome Reception for Ambassador Maureen Cormack

On February 5, 2015 Deputy Chief  of Mission Nicholas Hill hosted a welcome reception for Ambassador Maureen Cormack. Ambassador Cormack thanked everyone for the warm welcome, both at the reception and in the days since they have arrived, and said that she was very pleased to be here after having a very, very long time ... Read More»

Remarks by U.S. Ambassador to BiH Maureen Cormack Closing Ceremony of AFCP Red Cross Project

Mayor Komšić, distinguished guests, ladies and gentlemen: I am honored to be here today to mark the successful completion of important restoration works to the Red Cross Society building, which were carried out with funding from the U.S. Embassy’s Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Preservation, in close collaboration with the Commission to Preserve National Monuments and ... Read More»

Completion of Restoration Works to the Red Cross Society Building in Sarajevo

On February 4, 2015 Ambassador Cormack spoke at the closing ceremony marking the successful completion of important restoration works to the Red Cross Society building in Sarajevo, which were carried out with funding from the U.S. Embassy’s Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Preservation, in close collaboration with the Commission to Preserve National Monuments and the Red ... Read More»

U.S. Embassy Statement on Threats to Freedom of Expression

The U.S. Embassy in Sarajevo has communicated to both politicians and citizens of BiH our deep concern regarding proposed legislation on Public Peace and Order scheduled for debate by the Republika Srpska National Assembly, believing that it poses a direct challenge to the fundamental human right to freedom of expression. The U.S. Government supports efforts ... Read More»

Ambassador Cormack Volunteers at the Senior Living Facility in East Sarajevo

Honoring the day of community service in memory of Martin Luther King, Jr., Ambassador Cormack joined young people from East Sarajevo and Sarajevo who spent a day volunteering at the Senior Living Facility in East Sarajevo. Ambassador Cormack stressed that the event highlights one of the most important aspects of a democracy – the role ... Read More»

The Challenge: Choose the Cause, Be the Effect

The Challenge:  Choose the Cause, Be the Effect is a campaign that encourages people of Bosnia and Herzegovina, especially its youth, to spread the culture of solidarity, caring and to engage in community service projects by donating their time/resources/knowledge to the benefit of their communities  by doing special projects which range from environmental clean-up,  helping  ... Read More»

Ambassador Cormack Presents Her Credentials

United States Ambassador to Bosnia and Herzegovina Maureen Cormack presented her credentials to Dr. Mladen Ivanic, Chairman of the BiH Presidency, on January 16. Ambassador Cormack said: “I have the privilege here in BiH of building on the very strong, historic ties that bind our two nations together.  I look forward to working with you ... Read More»
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