IN MEMORIAM - Svetlana Djurdjevic Lukic

Our dear friend and a colleague, Svetlana Djurdjevic Lukic, the director and co-founder of the Belgrade-based Public Policy Research Center, has passed away, at the age of 53. Djurdjevic Lukic has died from injuries sustained in a traffic accident last week, when she was hit by a bus.

Djurdjevic Lukic was a reputable analyst and expert in the US foreign policy, human safety and security policy, and a prominent name of Serbian journalism in the 1990s, most notably during the time she worked at NIN weekly.

Before founding the Public Policy Research Center Djurdjevic Lukic worked as researcher and advisor at the Department for International Development of the London School of Economics (LSE) in London; the Foreign Policy Research Institute in Philadelphia, the US; the South Eastern and Eastern Europe Clearinghouse for the Control of Small Arms and Light Weapons (SEESAC) and the OSCE Mission in Belgrade.

Djurdjevic Lukic obtained her MA in politics, security and integration at the University College London, while she completed her advanced studies at the Columbia University in New York and the Oxford University.

She graduated at the Faculty of Philosophy in Belgrade, the department of history.

On Wednesday, September 28, she was to defend, at the Faculty of Political Sciences in Belgrade, her doctoral thesis entitled "The Role of the UN in the Building of Peace. The Case of East Timor".

Read the tribute to Svetlana by the London School of Economics, Justice and Security Research Programme (JSRP) here