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Prof. Ivo Banac has passed away

Prof. Ivo Banac has passed away on 30 June 2020. Prof. Banac was an IUC Director General from 2002 to 2004, a member of the IUC Association, organizer of different IUC programmes and an IUC friend.

Ivo Banac was a historian, writer, and prominent public figure in the Republic of Croatia. Born in Dubrovnik in 1947 he studied history at Fordham University and obtained an M. Sc. and Ph.D. at Stanford University. From 1972 to 1977 he worked at the Stanford University Department of History and Linguistics and then moved to teach at Yale University. While at Yale, he earned his tenure, was a two-time Master of Pierson College and he reached the position of emeritus professor.

From 2008 he is a professor of history at the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences of the University of Zagreb.

Between 1994 and 1999 he was the director of the Institute on Southern Europe at the Central European University (CEU), Budapest. From 1990 onwards, Ivo Banac was also active in Croatian politics being a member of the Croatian Social Liberal Party, Liberal Party and afterwards was an independent member of the Croatian Parliament. Shortly he was also a Minister of Environmental Protection in 2003.

Ivo Banac was co-director of the Croatian branch of the Institute Open Society, President of the Croatian Helsinki Committee, and a Corresponding Member of the Croatian Academy of Arts and Sciences.


Prof. Banac is an author and editor of a number of books, articles, and reviews. His most important work are considered books: The National Question in Yugoslavia: Origins, History, Politics, 1984, and With Stalin against Tito: Cominformist Splits in Yugoslav Communism, 1988.


Above all, Prof. Banac was a good friend, a remarkable personality, an outstanding scholar, an unyielding spokesman for academic and ethical principles, and a devoted promoter and supporter of the mandate and ideals of the Inter-University Centre in Dubrovnik. A strong man. Ivo Banac always stood up for what he knew was right. His scope was global and international – and at the same time well anchored in his Central-European environment. A true son of Dubrovnik.  He shall be missed.