Chuck Sudetic

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Chuck Sudetic is a former writer and journalist from the United States whose work focused mainly on the lands and peoples of the now-defunct country of Yugoslavia and included books and articles on the Srebrenica massacre of 1995, international war-crimes prosecution efforts after the Balkan conflicts of the 1990s, and life from the fifth century B.C. to the present day in and around what is now the seaside town of Dubrovnik. Sudetic also wrote on the Roma of Europe,[1][2][3][4][5][6][7][8] mass rape in the Democratic Republic of Congo,[9][10][11][12][13][14][15][16] and crime in New York City.[17]

Sudetic reported for The New York Times from 1990 to 1995 on Yugoslavia's breakup, including the conflict in Slovenia and the wars in Croatia and in Bosnia and Herzegovina; the transition from Communism in other countries of Southeastern Europe; and the Iraqi Kurd refugee crisis after the 1991 Gulf War. He authored Blood and Vengeance (Norton, 1998, and Penguin, 1999), a chronicle of a Bosnian family's experiences during the turbulence of the 20th century that ended with the act of genocide committed at Srebrenica in 1995. 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.

For a 2001 French anthology of writing on war, Sudetic contributed "Le criminel de guerre," which describes the family background and motives of the Bosnian war's most notorious killer, Milan Lukić, a Serb militia commander who led ethnic-cleansing operations in the Drina-river town of Višegrad from 1992 to 1995 and was convicted on war crimes charges in 2009 by the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia.[18]

Sudetic coauthored La Caccia (Feltrinelli, 2008, released in English as Madame Prosecutor by Other Press in 2009), the memoirs of the Swiss war-crimes prosecutor, Carla Del Ponte, whose controversial revelations led to two successful international criminal investigations and the establishment of a special court to try individuals indicted on charges involving allegations of hundreds of kidnappings and murders, including alleged instances of murder linked with human organ harvesting, in Kosovo and Albania during the months after the NATO bombing campaign against Serbia in 1999.[19][20][21]

Sudetic worked as a contributing editor to Rolling Stone[22] and published articles in The Atlantic Monthly, The Economist,,[23][24] Mother Jones (on the effects of the United Nations sanctions against Iraq under Saddam Hussein),[25] The Washington Post, Das Magazin (Zurich), Transitions (Prague), The Independent (London), and other periodicals. His story for Rolling Stone on the Srebrenica massacre was a finalist for the 1996 National Magazine Award.[citation needed]


Born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio to American-born parents of Irish and Croatian descent, Sudetic studied British and American literature, Slavic languages, and journalism at The Ohio State University, Indiana University, Cleveland State University, Davidson College in North Carolina, and the Pushkin Institute for the Russian Language in Moscow (1978); he was a Fulbright Scholar in Yugoslavia during 1984 and 1985 and traveled throughout the East-bloc countries and in the Soviet Union. Sudetic worked as an analyst for the International Crisis Group, a consultant for the International Rescue Committee, an analyst for the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia's Office of the Prosecutor, and a writer for the Open Society Foundations of George Soros, with whom he coauthored The Philanthropy of George Soros: Building Open Societies (Public Affairs, 2011).[26]

For a series of country studies prepared by the United States Library of Congress's Federal Research Division, he wrote book chapters on the histories, economies, and societies of Hungary,[27] Albania, Romania,[28] and Yugoslavia.[29]


  1. ^ "Roma in Political Life in Europe: Introduction". Open Society Foundations. Retrieved 2016-08-27.
  2. ^ "Roma in Political Life: Hungary—From Transition to Hate Politics". Open Society Foundations. 2013-09-10. Retrieved 2016-08-27.
  3. ^ "Roma in Political Life: From Romania to France—Roma Migrants". Open Society Foundations. 2013-09-15. Retrieved 2016-08-27.
  4. ^ "Roma in Political Life: France—Gens du Voyage and the Roma of France". Open Society Foundations. 2008-05-22. Retrieved 2016-08-27.
  5. ^ "Roma in Political Life: Romania—"Household Roma", Mayors, and .3 Percent". Open Society Foundations. 2013-09-10. Retrieved 2016-08-27.
  6. ^ "Roma in Political Life: Czech Republic—Dependency and Political Development". Open Society Foundations. 2013-11-01. Retrieved 2016-08-27.
  7. ^ "Roma in Political Life: Bulgaria—Political Manipulation and the Damage Done". Open Society Foundations. Retrieved 2016-08-27.
  8. ^ "Roma in Political Life: Macedonia—Pride and Prejudice". Open Society Foundations. 2012-08-21. Retrieved 2016-08-27.
  9. ^ "Congo Justice: The Defendants Arrive". Open Society Foundations. 2011-04-22. Retrieved 2016-08-27.
  10. ^ "Congo Justice: Sick in Their Hearts". Open Society Foundations. 2011-04-15. Retrieved 2016-08-27.
  11. ^ "Congo Justice: What Happened in Fizi". Open Society Foundations. 2011-05-05. Retrieved 2016-08-27.
  12. ^ "Congo Justice: The First Verdicts". Open Society Foundations. 2011-04-20. Retrieved 2016-08-27.
  13. ^ "Congo Justice: Word Against Word". Open Society Foundations. 2011-04-25. Retrieved 2016-08-27.
  14. ^ "Congo Justice: Unintended Consequences". Open Society Foundations. 2011-05-10. Retrieved 2016-08-27.
  15. ^ "Congo Justice: Final Judgments". Open Society Foundations. 2011-05-06. Retrieved 2016-08-27.
  16. ^ "Congo Justice: Where Convicted Rapists Go". Open Society Foundations. 2008-01-02. Retrieved 2016-08-27.
  17. ^ The New York Times, 1995-96.
  18. ^ Rémy Ourdan of Le Monde (Paris), ed. (July 20, 2009). "Après-guerre(s), Années 90, chaos et fragiles espoirs, Autrement, Collection Mutations 199/200, 2001" (PDF). Retrieved 2016-08-27.
  19. ^ Dick Marty, Switzerland, Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe. ""Inhuman treatment of people and illicit trafficking in human organs in Kosovo"" (PDF).\accessdate=2016-08-27.CS1 maint: multiple names: authors list (link)
  20. ^ "Statement by the Chief Prosecutor Clint Williamson". 2014-07-29. Archived from the original on 2016-10-10. Retrieved 2016-08-27.
  21. ^ Bénédicte Jeannerod France Director (2015-08-04). "Kosovo: Special Court Step Toward Justice". Retrieved 2016-08-27.
  22. ^ "Chuck Sudetic". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 2016-08-27.
  23. ^ Surk, Barbara (2015-07-21). "The bullies who run Kosovo". Retrieved 2016-08-27.
  24. ^ Surk, Barbara. "Kosovo needs to show no one is above the law". Retrieved 2016-08-27.
  25. ^ "The Betrayal of Basra". Mother Jones. Retrieved 2016-08-27.
  26. ^ Sudetic, Dubrovnik in Recountings true and exact... (Edizioni Lago Erie, 2015).
  27. ^ "About this Collection - Country Studies". Retrieved 2016-08-27.
  28. ^ "About this Collection - Country Studies". Retrieved 2016-08-27.
  29. ^ "About this Collection - Country Studies". Retrieved 2016-08-27.