Dr. Sasha Toperich is the Senior Executive Vice President at Transatlantic Leadership Network
Dr Sasha Toperich is a Senior Executive Vice President at the Transatlantic Leadership Network in Washington D.C. From 2013 to 2018, he was a Senior Fellow and Director of the Mediterranean Basin, Middle East and Gulf initiative at The Center for Transatlantic Relations, SAIS, at The Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies at Johns Hopkins University in Washington D.C.
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Dr. Toperich is a Non-resident Fellow at the Soran University Research Center in Iraqi Kurdistan and the Chairman of the Supervisory Board at the Mediterranean Development Initiative (MDI) in Tunis, Tunisia.
Toperich is co-author of two papers in the book Unfinished Business:The Western Balkans and the International Community (Brookings Institution/CTR, 2012), titled The Regulatory Environment in the Financial System in Bosnia and Herzegovina and How to Improve It and A New Paradigm for the Mediterranean: EU-U.S.-North Africa-Southeast Europe.
He is co-editor of the Brookings Institution/CTR publications:
- A New Paradigm: Perspectives on the Changing Mediterranean (Brookings Institution/CTR, 2014)
- Challenges of Democracy in the European Union and its Neighbors (Brookings Institution/CTR, 2015)
- Iraqi Kurdistan Region: A Path Forward (Brookings Institution/CTR, 2017)
- Vision 2020: Bosnia and Herzegovina Towards its European Future (Brookings Institution/CTR, 2017)
- Turkey and Transatlantic Relations (Brookings Institution/CTR, 2017)
Toperich is also a Featured Columnist at U.S. Military.com, a Contributor to The Hill, and has often contributed to Huffington Post. He also testified at the congressional hearings in Washington D.C.
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Toperich was appointed Presidential Envoy of Bosnia and Herzegovina to the United States. He was the first high-ranking diplomat to officially visit Baghdad after the fall of Saddam Hussein. From 2009-2010, Toperich served as a Counselor at the Permanent Mission of Bosnia and Herzegovina to the United Nations. From 2011-2012, he served as an advisor to the member of the Presidency of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bakir Izetbegovic.
Toperich founded the America-Bosnia Foundation (ABF), established to foster stronger political, cultural, and educational ties between the United States and the people of Bosnia-Herzegovina. The foundation organizes concerts, exhibitions, lectures, panel discussions, conferences, and educational seminars in both Bosnia and Herzegovina and the United States. ABF’s mission is also to strengthen democratic values in Bosnia-Herzegovina, and to preserve its multiethnic and multicultural character.
In 1997, Dr. Toperich became the President of the Children Foundation of UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization)
In 1998, he was awarded the title of UNESCO Artist for Peace.
With Shinichiro Okuyama (Japan), he co-founded the World Youth Leadership Network (WYLN), a not-for-profit organization that aims to unite the international youth community through goodwill work and cultural exchange. The organization was launched at the UN headquarters in New York, in April of 2004. The WYLN has contributed and donated computers to schools and universities in Liberia, organized a fundraising concert in Monrovia for the Louis Arther Grimes School of Law, and set up an IT center in Benin in collaboration with the Benin Education Fund and the World Bank.
In association with Laughing Buddha Music Inc., Toperich launched the Visas for Life project, an educational and diplomatic story of a Japanese diplomat, Chiune Sugihara, who saved over 6000 Jews during World War II by issuing transit visas through Japan while serving as a Japanese Consul in Kaunas, Lithuania.
Also in 2004, Toperich served as a project manager for the European Youth Peace Summit held in Sarajevo, bringing together over 500 youth leaders from all over Europe.
Toperich’s performances were broadcasted on radio and television programs throughout the world. He has performed concerts in Austria, Belgium, Brazil, China, Germany, Egypt, France, Italy, Israel, Japan, South Korea, the Netherlands, the United States, and the countries of the former Yugoslavia. He has performed at the Carnegie Hall, het Concertgebouw, Kioi Hall, and other well-known music venues around the world. He has played concerts with conductors such as Zubin Mehta and Kazushi Ono.
The Dutch VPRO Television made a documentary film titled, Sasha Toperich Plays Rachmaninov at Cristofori in Amsterdam.
His 1997 concert in Washington, D.C. was broadcast nationwide on the National Public Radio (NPR) and earned him a nomination for Best Debut Artist. In 2004, he became the first concert pianist to perform in Monrovia (Liberia), a concert organized by Jacques P. Klein, United Nations Special Representative in Liberia. United Nations broadcasted this concert live throughout the African continent.
Early Life and Education
Toperich, born in Sarajevo began playing piano at the age of four. He won the first prize at the national piano student’s competition in Dubrovnik.
He moved to Jerusalem at the age of 21, where he received his Master Degree from the Rubin Academy of Music and Dance in Jerusalem.
He earned his doctoral degree at the Music Academy in Lovran, Croatia.
He speaks English, French, Portuguese, Serbo-Croatian, Hebrew, and Russian.
Articles By Dr. Sasha Toperich
Sarraj’s Dangerous Dance With Power
(Written by Dr. Sasha Toperich for USMilitary.com) Now that the disastrous crusade in Libya by warmongering and power-hungry Khalifa Haftar is defeated, it is time to address pressing issues shaking up the central government in Tripoli while the politicians and the international community struggle to stop further conflicts and return this war-torn country to political […]
Presidential Elections in Tunisia: A Deviation from the Path of Democracy?
Nabil Karoui, Tunisian businessman and owner of the TV channel Nessma, has been in prison since August 23rd. He is one of the favorites in the country’s presidential elections, and was arrested the same day that electoral and media authorities announced that they were banning the Nessma station from reporting on the campaigns. This was […]
Reconciliation and Economic Reforms ? A Key to Start to Heal Libya
Fighting broke out again last week in the southern outskirts of Tripoli. At least 39 died and 90 were injured, many of them civilians caught in the crossfire between attacking forces from the so called “Kanyat” militia from Tarhuna, (a city 90 miles southeast of Tripoli), and defending Tripoli militias led by Abdul Ghani Kikli, […]
Libyan Elections: When to Be or When Not to Be
Written By Dr. Sasha Toperich For USMilitary.com “If the High National Election Commission of Libya doesn?t receive the Referendum Law from the House of Representatives before July 31, we will not be able to prepare the referendum on new Constitution, planned for the end of October. This means, anticipated elections in December will also be […]
Egypt Eradicates Extreme Poverty ? Continues with Reforms
The comprehensive set of economic reforms launched by the Egyptian government in partnership with the International Monetary Fund (IMF) are starting to pay off. Back in 2014, when Egyptian President Sisi took office, Egypt?s economy was in a rough situation. Waves of terrorist attacks drew away tourists, decimating an industry that represents 12% of Egyptian workforce. Political disorder was equally worrisome.
Libya: The U.S. Must Engage to Stop Suffering of Libyans
Written by Dr. Sasha Toperich for USMilitary.com ?Following the May Paris Summit hosted by French president Emmanuel Macron, four key Libyan leaders committed to reach a consensus on electoral law by September 16 and to hold parliamentary and legislative elections on December 10. Libya?s UN-backed Prime Minister Fayez al-Sarraj, Field Marshall Khalifa Haftar, leader of […]
Seven Year Anniversary of Post-Gaddafi Libya: Not Much To Celebrate
February 17 will mark seven years since popular revolt broke out in Libya toppling the 42-year Gaddafi regime. Two car bombs in Benghazi (on January 23rd) that killed 35 and an attack on Mitiga airport in Tripoli (a week earlier) that killed 16 and injured many more (including civilians), speak volumes of Libya?s lack of stability, an instability which has persisted since the turbulent outbreak of the 2011 Arab Spring revolt.
Successful First U.S. -Qatar Strategic Dialogue held in Washington D.C.
It is always a humbling experience to visit our men and women in uniform serving our nation and preserving peace around the world. So too was my recent visit to the Al-Udaid military base in Qatar that represents the nerve center of American power projection in the Middle East. It is the largest overseas airbase, with close to 11,000 personnel, capable of handling any type of the U.S. Air Force aircrafts.
The Muslim Brotherhood in Libya and why the US Administration Mulls Sanctions
The Trump administration is considering banning the Muslim Brotherhood organization and labeling it as a terrorist organization. The role of the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt is well known. Lesser known is its role in neighboring Libya, which has been receiving more attention ever since the country has descended into chaos allowing extremist groups, such as ISIS and Ansar Al Sharia, to expand and gain influence.
Can Qatar Play An Important Role For Peace in the Middle East?
Qatar was one of the most active supporters of change in the Arab World during the Arab Spring of 2010-2011. Alongside other Arab countries, it continues to play an important role in Libya and Syria today. The question is, what has made it so influential?