Tuesday October 18, 2005

A Decade After the Dayton Peace Accords

Retired Gen. Wesley A. Clark and Lord Paddy Ashdown, the international community's high representative in Bosnia and Herzegovina, are heading to Dayton next month to participate in a policy forum 10 years after the signing of the Dayton Peace Accords.

Organizers of Dayton: A Peace Process (DAPP) will hold a news conference at 1 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 21, at the Hope Hotel at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base to announce plans for a Nov. 17-18 international policy forum to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the signing of the Dayton Peace Accords.

Retired Gen. Wesley A. Clark, who headed the U.S. military team during negotiations that led to the Dayton Peace Accords, and Lord Paddy Ashdown, the international community's high representative in Bosnia and Herzegovina, will participate in the forum.

WHAT: News conference

WHEN: 1 p.m., Friday, Oct. 21

WHERE: Liberty Room, Hope Hotel, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base

WHO: Margaret Karns; president of the Dayton Council on World Affairs and professor of political science at the University of Dayton; and John McCance, vice president for government relations for the Wright Memorial Chapter of the Air Force Association.

WHY: To announce plans for gathering U.S., Bosnian and European scholars and policy analysts in Dayton, site of the Dayton Peace Accords, to assess the status of the peace treaty 10 years later.

DAPP events this fall will examine Bosnia and Herzegovina a decade later, compare peacebuilding 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.

DAPP is a community collaboration involving the Dayton Council on World Affairs, Central State University, city of Dayton, Sinclair Community College, University of Dayton, Wright State University, Wright Memorial Chapter of the Air Force Association, Dayton Daily News, Friendship Force, Sister Cities as well as other regional organizations. DAPP operates under the Dayton Council on World Affairs.

Contact John McCance at (937) 306-3087 or Margaret Karns at (937) 229-3538.