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Ph.D. Alush Gashi
During the past decade -- one of the bloodiest in Balkans history -- Dr. Alush Gashi became recognized as a forceful and eloquent spokesman for Kosova before the U.S. Congress, Administration, think tanks, universities, and news media. His foresight and effectiveness in sounding the alarm was a catalyst for United States and international action against the Serbian forces of tyranny that swept the Balkans in the 1990s.On September 25, 1990, in an appearance before a congressional committee in Washington, Dr. Gashi appealed for deployment of a NATO presence in Kosova before Serbian troops unleashed a campaign of genocide against the Kosovar Albanians. It took another eight years before his appeal was heard and NATO unleashed a 78-day air war against Serbian aggression.In 1992, he urged the U.S. Congress to establish a United States presence in Kosova through the opening of a United States Information Agency office in Prishtina. While Congress adopted a resolution in support of the office in 1992, it took another four years before the Clinton Administration opened the office in 1996.In 1994, appearing before the U.S. Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe, he condemned the Belgrade regime’s expulsion of OSCE monitors and called for their return with strong United States support before the situation disintegrated even further.In meeting after meeting with U.S. decision makers, Dr. Gashi warned that relying on criminals such as Milosevic as a guarantor of peace was dead wrong.On March 16, 1997, before the Center for the Study of the Presidency in Washington, DC, Dr. Gashi stated, “Kosova cannot stand the pain anymore…It’s people have the choice to stay at home and be killed by Serbian forces, or take up arms as the last resort.” It was a clear message that Kosovars were committed to self-defense if all other means failed to bring peace and justice.Since Kosova has been under United Nations Interim Administration, Dr. Gashi has been very active with international institutions as well as communicating Albanian views to the news media around the world.He sees post-war Kosova as a success story and the essential factor that is necessary for political stability in Southeastern Europe.Born October 4, 1950, in Prigode, Dr. Gashi is the former Dean of the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Prishtina, Kosova, where he was also Attending Surgeon General. Dr. Gashi received his medical degrees from the University of Prishtina in 1974 and the University of Zagreb in 1979.From 1981 to 1984, he was a visiting scientist at the Cardiovascular Research Institute at the University of California, San Francisco. Dr. Gashi has published five books, including The Denial of Human and National Rights of Albanians in Kosova, and 75 scientific and professional papers.A leading professor, author and surgeon in former Yugoslavia, Dr. Gashi was forced from his positions in 1990 when Serbian authorities in Belgrade closed the hospitals in Kosova and arbitrarily expelled all non-Serbian physicians and staff.During the decade of opposition to Serbian oppression, Dr. Gashi moved to the forefront in the fight for human rights in Kosova. As a result of his opposition to Serbian-imposed apartheid, he was arrested, mistreated, and tried in Serbian courts. It was only through pressure exerted by the United States Senate and the Administration that Dr. Gashi was released