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He reported for The New York Times from 1990 to 1995 on the breakup of Yugoslavia, including the conflicts in Slovenia, Croatia, and Bosnia and Herzegovina, as well as on the transition from Communism in other countries of Southeastern Europe, and the Iraqi Kurd refugee crisis after the 1991 Gulf War. He is the author of Blood and Vengeance (Norton, 1998, and Penguin, 1999), a critically acclaimed chronicle of one Bosnian family's experience during the turbulence of the 20th century that ended with the 1995 Srebrenica genocide. Blood and Vengeance was named a "Notable Book" by The New York Times and a Book of the Year by The Economist, The Washington Post and Publishers Weekly.
In 2009 he co-authored Madame Prosecutor: Confrontations with Humanity’s Worst Criminals and the Culture of Impunity together with Carla Del Ponte, the former Chief Prosecutor of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia and the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda. The book provides a retrospective account of Del Ponte's efforts to obtain critical evidence and the arrest of persons indicted for war crimes.
Sudetic has worked as a contributing editor to Rolling Stone and has published articles in the The Atlantic Monthly, The Economist and Mother Jones. His story for Rolling Stone on the Srebrenica massacre was a finalist for the 1996 National Magazine Award.