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Ms. Violeta Krasnic

Program Director for Europe and Central Asia Global Fund for Women 

Originally from Serbia, Violeta has been a longtime advocate for women’s rights. While in Belgrade, she worked withThe Global Fund for Women grantee partner, the Autonomous Women’s Center, and volunteered with the SOS Hotline for Women and Children Victims of Violence and with Women in Black.

REGISTRATION AND ATTENDANCE DETAILS:  Deadline to Register October 25.

Thursday, November 1   12:00 PM – 2:00 PM  Cost: $40 per person  Pay by CREDIT CARD,  Enter $40 for the first registration or multiples of $40 to register more than one.  Prefer a check? Mail a check to AWIU, 2100 South Wolf Road, Des Plaines, IL 60018

Location:  Almansor Court, 700 South Almansor Street, Alhambra, CA 91801 phone 626 570 4600

Entrée: Baked Garlic Chicken or Vegetarian Penne Pasta  email your choice to

Questions RSVP to AWIU President, Kathleen Hunt,

by emailawiuregional@yahoo.comor telephone 626-968-0701

MORE ON THE SPEAKER:  Violeta worked as a gender violence counselor in the former Yugoslavia and organized campaigns to strengthen civil society initiatives against nationalism and war. In the U.S., Violeta has conducted research and advocacy on the impact of U.S. government foreign policy on women’s human rights globally. Violeta holds undergraduate and graduate degrees from Columbia University, New York. She speaks Serbian and is also proficient in Russian and Spanish.  Read about her from the

NOBEL WOMEN’S INITIATIVE See an inspiring video about her work in Serbia

This Year AWIU has a Strong Connection with the Balkans.

The June 2012 Delegation Visited the  Region.

Here is the Story of that Trip.

Learn more detail at The AWIU Virtual Chapter 1 and the Balkan Blog.  The Delegation met with one of our speaker interests which was the Women In Black in Belgrade  

May 19, 2011 EVENT:

Dr. James Coyle, Director of Global Programs for Chapman University

AWIU President Jane Mursener Wetzel and Director Pauletta Walsh welcomed AWIU members and guests to the First Regional AWIU Meeting sponsored by AWIU National, held at the Fluor Gallery at the beautiful Bowers Museum in Santa Ana, California.


The speaker was Dr. James J. Coyle, Director of Global Programs at Chapman University and Middle East expert, who spoke about “Democratic Change in the Middle East: Much Ado about Nothing?” Dr. Coyle gave an overview of countries currently experiencing governmental or regime change in the Middle East, placing these developments within the broader historical context of the region. The question and answer period was lively, focusing on AWIU members particular interests and concerns.

Members also were introduced to Emily Cahn, V.P. Of Membership and Marla Potterveld, AWIU Summer Intern, a senior at Occidental College, majoring in International Relations with a focus on China.


At the Bowers Museum before the talk, members mingled and enjoyed light refreshments from “Patina,” the excellent in-house caterer at the Bowers. A special surprise was a generous gift to AWIU members by Bowers Director, Dr. Peter Keller, of a docent lead tour of the museum that followed the reception.

This First Regional Meeting was attended by 40 members and guests and was a great success. President Wetzel is exploring having other regional meetings in 2011.

Dr. Croyle spoke on “Democratic Change in the Middle East-Much Ado About Nothing?”

The Questions to be answered:  Violent demonstrations and demands for regime change are sweeping the Middle East, fromMorocco to Iran.

Young people are demanding a voice in their countries’ futures.
But, after the demonstrators go home, what has changed?

Dr. Coyle Biography:  Over the past 30 years, James Coyle has held a number of positions in the federal government, including director of Middle East studies at the U.S. Army War College; first secretary for political-military affairs at the U.S. Embassy in Ankara; senior political analyst for Palestinian affairs, and special assistant to the FBI/New York Joint Terrorism Task Force. Coyle’s areas of expertise include: national security strategy, Middle East politics, politics of energy, international relations, American politics, European and Eurasian politics, and political risk analysis. Coyle received his bachelor of science in foreign service from Georgetown University, his master’s degree in public administration from Temple University, and a PhD in political science from GeorgeWashingtonUniversity. Coyle is co-author with Michael G. Roskin of “Politics of the Middle East: Culture and Conflict” published in December 2003 by Prentice-Hall (Second Edition: 2007.)