Reminiscence of Alija Izetbegovic and His Leadership
I will write about one particular leader, the late President Alija Izetbegovic, who led Bosnia and Herzegovina at the time of chaos, namely, before, during, and after the war in my country. He was the leader who had authority, knowledge, and a vision, but he also showed compassion, offered solutions, and inspired hope when hope was almost lost. These, in my view, are the traits of a good leader, which is why I will dedicate this article to him. As an assistant to President Alija Izetbegović, I was a witness to our country’s efforts to avoid the conflict, the war events, the political and diplomatic peace talks, and the reconstruction of the nation, as well as the reconciliation process that is still ongoing. This experience was both traumatic and priceless for me. That’s why, although there are various articles and books on Alija Izetbegović and his leadership, this chapter would be unique regarding my personal experience with him.