University of Pittsburgh
October 8, 1998

EXPERTS BULLETIN: Robert M. Hayden, Anthropology professor of law and politics

Contact:  412-624-4147

PITTSBURGH, Oct. 8 -- With Secretary of State Madeleine Albright calling for NATO support of military action in Kosovo and continuing talks between Richard Holbrooke, American diplomat, and Serbian President Slobodan Milosevic at a stalemate, attention is once again drawn to this volatile region of the world.

University of Pittsburgh's Robert M. Hayden, professor of anthropology and law, and director of Pitt's Russian and East European Studies program, is a specialist on the Balkans with many years of experience in Serbia who spent several months in the area this past summer.

Professor Hayden can discuss:

• The apparent lack of a political mission.

• Why autonomy for Kosovo actually means independence, which would destabilize the Balkans.

• The possibility that air strikes could lead to a larger Balkan war.

• How air strikes in Kosovo would effect U.S. troops in Bosnia, and cause the collapse of the Bosnian peace.

• Why NATO bombing is unlikely to hurt Milosevic, and would strengthen him politically in Serbia.

• How a redrawing of borders could be the solution.

Hayden can be reached at his office 412-648-7404, home 412-421-1888, email:, or through Trish White at 412-624-9101.