Group members and mission


The Srebrenica Research Group is a self-financed group of journalists and academic researchers who have been working as a group over a three-year period to review evidence related to the capture of Srebrenica and how the actual facts compare with widely publicized portrayal of events.  The study makes comparisons with other military operations such as Operation Flash and Operation Storm against the UN Protected Serb enclaves in Croatia. The study also traces how the official portrayal of events affected the outcome of the conflict in Bosnia, the actions of the war crimes tribunal and the public perception of Serbia and Republika Srpska.


The Srebrenica Research Group is led by author Ed Herman of the University of Pennsylvania; Herman has written several books on media coverage of wartime events. He is co-editor with Phil Hammond of a series of essays called Degraded Capability: The Media and Kosovo Crisis and co-author with Noam Chomsky of Manufacturing Consent a classic study of the role of press coverage in the Vietnam War and other conflicts.   Also active in the group, BBC Journalist Jonathan Rooper, who currently works as a publicist in London and former New York Press columnist George Szamuely, who has written for US and UK publications currently works for the National Law Journal in New York. George Bogdanich, who is also based in New York, has  written for various publications including The Chicago Tribune, the Nation, the Progressive and others. He was director and co-producer, along with Martin Lettmayer, of the documentary film “Yugoslavia The Avoidable War,” which has been broadcast in Europe and Canada.


Michael Mandel, Professor of International Law at York University in Toronto has written extensively on the War Crimes Tribunal. Another commentator on media coverage of conflict, is Dr. Philip Hammond of London South Bank University.  Tim Fenton is a London-based researcher and archivist. David Peterson based in the Chicago area, writes on foreign policy for several publications and websites. Dr Milan Bulajic, of the Fund for Genocide Research and has been involved in the research of war crimes over a fifty-year career. An attorney in international law, he was former head of the Yugoslav State Commission on War Crimes, director of the Museum of Genocide and the author of sixty books on the subject of genocide and war crimes.


Advisors and contributors to the work of the Srebrenica Research Group include Phillip Corwin former UN Civilian Affairs Coordinator in Bosnia and former speechwriter for UN Secretary-General Perez de Cuellar. Corwin is the author of Dubious Mandate: A Memoir of the UN in Bosnia and Doomed in Afghanistan.  Another former UN official Carlos Martins Branco, served as Deputy Director of UNMO (UN monitors in Bosnia) and debriefed UN observers from Srebrenica.  He is currently a colonel in the Portugese Amry. Also providing advice was Diana Johnstone, author of Fool's Crusade: Yugoslavia NATO and Western Delusions, Belgrade Professor Vera Vratusa, German-based researcher George Pumphrey, Milivoje Ivanisevic, a Belgrade-based writer who has done extensive research into war crimes in Bosnia and internationally respected military forensic expert Dr. Zoran Stankovic of Belgrade and Dr. Srboljub Zivanovic, a forensic archeologist and London based Fellow of the Royal Anthropological Institute.