Adanti Student Center - Theater
Bosnia and Herzegovina 20 Years Hence:
The Legacy of the Dayton Peace Accords
A Film Screening and Discussion
David Pettigrew, Ph.D.,
Professor of Philosophy
The Dayton Peace Agreement was reached at the Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Dayton, Ohio, on November 21, 1995. The agreement was officially signed in Paris on December 14, 1995, ending three and a half years of Bosnian Serb aggression, including the war crimes at Srebrenica in 1995 that have been ruled to be genocide by two international courts. However, the Dayton Accords have drawn criticism for recognizing "Republika Srpska," one of two main entities that now constitute the sovereign nation of Bosnia and Herzegovina. For example, the recognition of Republika Srpska arguably legitimized the war crimes through which it was brought into existence. Further, there is a preponderance of evidence in Republika Srpska of ongoing human rights violations restricting the ability of non-Serb refugees -- who were forcibly displaced by the genocide -- to return to their former homes and to participate in the cultural, political, or economic life of the community.
Following the screening of the documentary film, "The Geography of Genocide in Bosnia: Redeeming the Earth" (U.S., 2011, 50 min.), our discussion will reflect on these and other issues in the context of the problematic nature of the legacy of "Dayton." We will also discuss possible approaches to the future of Dayton.
Sponsored by the Department of Environment, Geography, and Marine Sciences,
the Department of History, the Department of Philosophy,
the Geography and Environmental Awareness Club,
the History Club, the SCSU Office of International Education,
and the Yale University Genocide Studies Program
New Haven, CT 06515