The Croatian War of Independence ended with the success of Operation Storm on August 7, 1995. Less than five months later, Bill Hanne found himself part of the Democracy Transition Long Range Management Program and packing for Zagreb. With his background in military intelligence, plus graduate degrees in political geography and education policy and planning, Dr. Hanne brought a unique perspective to the job. Interweaving the political and historical narrative with moving personal stories of a courageous and proud people, Hanne also shows the reader a country of stunning physical beauty and spiritual depth. Today, with Croatia and the Balkans at the crossroads of Western and Middle Eastern cultures, Hanne’s observations are more relevant than ever.
About the Author
A graduate of West Point, Dr. William G. Hanne retired as a Colonel from the United States Army after nearly thirty years of service, during which time he completed two tours of duty in Vietnam and served in both Germany and Turkey. Holding an M.S. in Geography from the University of Illinois and a Ph.D. in Educa- tion Policy, Planning, and Administration from the University of Maryland, Dr. Hanne was also Assistant Professor in Geographic Research at West Point. Dr. Hanne currently teaches Russian history and political geography as a volunteer for the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute program under the auspices of the University of Arizona.