Sarajevo, July 11th, 2014

I was in Sarajevo, with the Canadian historian Margaret MacMillan and the British professor of international relations, Sir Adam Roberts, to give a talk in the new Islamic library as part of a Carnegie Council commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the assassination of the Austrian Archduke on June 28, 1914.

Our event was held in the old town,several hundred metres from the spot where the Bosnian Serb assassin, Gavrilo Princip, killed the Archduke and his wife, an act that set in train World War I, the catastrophe that led to all the catastrophes of the 20th century.

Both Margaret MacMillan and Sir Adam, in their talks, wanted the audience to remember that the catastrophe was not inevitable, that wiser actions by individuals, less talk of national honor, more prudence might have stopped the march to the abyss. The event, organized by the Carnegie Council onEthics and International Affairs, had a strong effect on me and on everyone who took part. Thanks to everyone who worked so hard to make it possible.

Michael Ignatieff


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