Last week, NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen called upon Bosnia’s leadership to make progress on much needed reforms in order to move forward on the country’s Membership Action Plan (MAP). Minister Osmić, in his role as minister of defense, has been key to Bosnia’s NATO aspirations. On his visit to Washington, Minister Osmić will address Bosnia’s evolving relationship with NATO and NATO’s member states, and reflect on the challenges Bosnia has faced in implementing these reforms on the path to further European integration, especially with reference to the upcoming NATO summit in September.
Zekerijah Osmić has been minister of defense of Bosnia and Herzegovina since 2012. He has extensive experience in the field of economics and has held a variety of positions in the government of the Brčko district. His previous positions include head of the Division of Public Records, advisor to the Brčko district mayor for economy and finance, and three terms as a deputy to the National Assembly of the Bosnian Serb Republic.