In the Foreign Policy article The Least Wanted Most Wanted Man, author David Scheffer explains the complicated situation surrounding the arrest of Bosnian Serb general Ratko Mladic. He argues that Mladic, who had evaded capture for nearly sixteen years, could and should have been easily arrested within months. Scheffer served as senior advisor and counsel to Madeleine Albright during her tenure as U.S. ambassador to the United Nations and later as the first U.S. ambassador at large for war crimes issues. With this perspective, his frustration with the handling of Mladic’s arrest carries extra weight.
The article provides a troubling glimpse at US foreign policy from an insightful insider. To learn more pick up a copy of All the Missing Souls: A Personal History of the War Crimes Tribunals in which Scheffer discusses more of his own experiences as a part of America’s continuing struggle for international justice.
(To hear more about Mladic’s arrest, check out the Scheffer’s interview on CNN here.)