12.21.2005 | Campus and Community, Service and GivingThe Dayton Council on World Affairs has been honored for outstanding community service by the Ohio Senate for its role in commemorating the 10th anniversary of the Dayton Peace Accords.

"The Dayton Council on World Affairs has made numerous significant contributions to the area and has earned the well-deserved respect and appreciation of many," according to the citation. "The fine reputation that this organization has gained is a credit to the dedicated members who have given willingly of their time, abilities and enthusiasm in the interest of promoting cultural, educational and religious activities that cultivate tolerance and understanding between differing ethnic communities around the world."

In affiliation with DCOWA, a community group called Dayton: A Peace Process organized a series of high-profile events to examine Bosnia-Herzegovina 10 years later, compare peace-building challenges in the Balkans with those in Iraq and other post-conflict situations and explore the role of religion in conflicts and in peacemaking in the world's strife-torn areas.
Dayton Peace Accords architect Richard C. Holbrooke; retired Gen. Wesley A. Clark, who headed the U.S. military team during treaty negotiations; and Lord Paddy Ashdown, the international community's high representative in Bosnia and Herzegovina, all traveled to Dayton Nov. 17-18 to participate in an international policy forum on the eve of the 10th anniversary of the historic treaty.

"The result of the Dayton Peace Accords has been peace and mutual respect among Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia and the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia," the citation said.

Margaret Karns, professor of political science at the University of Dayton and an Oakwood resident, is president of DCOWA and helped organize the international policy forum.

Contact Julietta Savova at (937) 229-2319.