Conference and Commemorative Events

Untold stories of the Dayton Peace Accords negotiations, lessons learned from the negotiations and how they apply to other conflicts, predictions for the 30th anniversary of the accords and how the U.S. can be more effective in the region are among the topics current and former world leaders will gather to address during the Dayton Peace Accords at 20 Conference. Dayton Peace Accords fellows, students from Bosnia and Herzegovina studying at the University of Dayton this year, also will give their perspectives on their nation through the eyes of children born near the end of or after the war. 

Registration is required by noon Nov. 16 to attend the Dayton Peace Accords at 20 conference and events. No on-site registration will be accepted for the conference. Visit the registration site for packages, tickets and registration. If you have questions, please contact

Dayton Peace Accords at 20 Conference
Nov. 19-21
University of Dayton River Campus

Photo ID is required for admission to events at the University of Dayton and Wright-Patterson Air Force Base.

Schedule and list of attendees subject to change. Click here for a printable PDF version of the schedule.

Click here to watch the Thursday sessions of the Dayton Peace Accords at 20 conference and click here to watch the Friday sessions of the conference.

Wednesday, Nov. 18

Dedication of the Ambassador Richard Holbrooke Plaza

4 p.m. - Dayton Peace Accords at 20 commemorations kick off with the public dedication of the Ambassador Richard Holbrooke Plaza near the intersection of Salem Avenue and Edwin C. Moses Boulevard. Holbrooke helped broker the accords. Holbrooke's widow, Kati Marton, will be present to assist with the dedication.

Thursday, Nov. 19


8-9 a.m. - Conference check-in

9-9:15 a.m. - Welcome to Dayton from Mayor Nan Whaley, Commissioner Matt Joseph, John McCance and Daniel Serwer

9:15-9:30 a.m. - Opening Remarks from Igor Crnadak, foreign minister of BiH; Djerdj Matković, Serbian ambassador to the United States, and Mate Granić, special representative of the president of the Republic of Croatia

9:30-10:30 a.m. - "The Dayton Peace Accords - Untold Stories of the Diplomatic Effort: What were the key elements, opportunities and constraints?" with Gen. Wes Clark, US Army, retired; Sarajevo Mayor Ivo Komšić, Mate Granić, former Croatian foreign minister; and Peter Galbraith, former U.S. ambassador to Croatia

10:30-11:30 a.m. - "Lessons learned from the Dayton Negotiations and Application to Other Conflicts" with Ambassador Christopher Hill; Ambassador Peter Galbraith; and Bruce Hitchner, Tufts University

11:30 a.m.-Noon - Break

Noon-1:15 p.m. - Lunch with keynote address by 42nd U.S. President Bil Clinton

1:30-2:50 p.m. - "Dayton Implementation: Challenges in Transition from Dayton" with Igor Crnadak, foreign minister of BiH; High Representative Valentin Inzko, and Ambassador Thomas Miller

2:50-3 p.m. - Break

3-4 p.m. - "What is the U.S. role in BiH today and how can the U.S. be more effective?" with Maureen Cormack, U.S.  ambassador to BiH and Igor Crnadak, foreign minister of BiH

4-4:15 p.m. - Sarajevo-Banja Luka-Dayton-Mostar Municipal Cooperation Agreement Signing

4:15-4:30 p.m. - Review of the day with Daniel Serwer, Johns Hopkins University           

Screening of The Diplomat

6-10 p.m. - David Holbrooke, son of Ambassador Richard Holbrooke and filmmaker of The Diplomat that chronicles the 50-year diplomatic career of his father, will lead a screening and discussion of the film at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force. A public reception will precede the screening and discussion.

Friday, Nov. 20


8-9 a.m. - Conference check-in

9-9:15 a.m. - Welcome and review with Commissioner Matt Joseph and Daniel Serwer

9:15-9:30 a.m. - "U.S. Policy Priorities in BiH Today" with Maureen Cormack, U.S. Ambassador to BiH

9:30-10:30 a.m. - "BiH's Political, Social and Economic Future: Predictions for the DPA's 30th Anniversary" with Edward P. Joseph, executive director of the Institute of Current World Affairs; Ambassador Jonathan Moore, OSCE BiH Head of Mission; and Nermina Kapetanović, member of the parliamentary assembly of BiH

10:30-10:45 a.m. - Break

10:45-11:45 a.m. - "Perspectives of Postwar BiH: the views of future BiH leaders, born after the war" with University of Dayton students Dzeneta Begić, Tamara Ćulum and Tomislav Vidović

Noon- 1:15pm - Lunch

1:15-2:15 p.m., Breakout Session A - "Moving Beyond Dayton: The Citizens’ Point of View" with Miroslav Živanović, Sarajevo City Council; Pavle Fukarek, citizen and ex-professional soldier; Mr. Erol Gagula, television director, Federation TV; and Hamdija Čustović, President, CNAB

1:15-2:15 p.m., Breakout Session B - BiH's Education System - "A Contribution to Peace or De-stabilizing Force?" with Brian Lanahan, College of Charleston; Aida Hozić, University of Florida; and Muharem Avdispahić, rector, University of Sarajevo

2:15-2:30 p.m. - Break

2:30-2:45 p.m. - Brief reports from the breakout sessions by session moderators

2:45-4 p.m. - "What is the way forward for BiH's integration into Euro-Atlantic structures?" with High Representative Valentin Inzko; Marina Pendes, BiH minister of defense; Kurt Bassuener, senior associate, Democratization Policy Council; and Brigadier General Giselle Wilz, commander, NATO headquarters in Sarajevo

4-4:30 p.m. - Review of the day with Daniel Serwer, Johns Hopkins University


6 p.m. - The Dayton Peace Accords at 20 committee will host a reception for the distinguished visitors at the Dayton Art Institute. A music video presentation by Michael and Sandy Bashaw and Dayton Peace Prize winners and recognition of 2015 Dayton Peace Prize awardee Angelina Jolie Pitt in absentia will be part of the reception.

Saturday, Nov. 21

Anniversary Brunch

10 a.m.-Noon: The commemorations end with a 20th anniversary brunch from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, Nov. 21, at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base's Hope Hotel and Richard C. Holbrooke Conference Center. The event is open to the public, but seating is limited.

Confirmed Attendees

  • Former U.S. President Bill Clinton, founder of the Clinton Foundation and 42nd President of the United States
  • Gen. Wesley Clark, former commander of the Operation Allied Force in the Kosovo War during his term as the Supreme Allied Commander Europe of NATO from 1997 to 2000. 
  • Igor Crnadak, Bosnia and Herzegovina Minister of Foreign Affairs
  • Maureen Cormack, U.S. Ambassador to Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • Christopher Hill, Dean of the Josef Korbel School of International Studies at the University of Denver 
  • Valentin Inzko, High Representative to Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • Jonathan Moore, Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe Mission to Bosnia and Herzegovina 
  • Wolfgang Petritsch, President of the Austrian Marshall Plan Foundation and former High Representative to Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • Josip Paro, Croatian Ambassador to the U.S. Srdjan Darmanović, Montenegrin Ambassador to the U.S.
  • Mate Granić, former Croatian Vice President and former Minister of Foreign Affairs Daniel Serwer, Senior Research Professor of Conflict Management at the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies
  • Nan Whaley, Mayor of Dayton, Ohio
  • Ivo Komsić, Mayor of Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • Slobodan Gavranović, Mayor of Banja Luka, Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • Miroslav Zivanovic, Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Councilman
  • Michael Turner, U.S. Representative
  • Thomas Miller, Ambassador to Bosnia and Herzegovina (1999-2001)
  • Edward P. Joseph, former Deputy Head of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe Mission to Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • Kurt Basseuner, Democratization Policy Council Founder and Senior Associate
  • Bodo Weber, Democratization Policy Council Senior Associate
  • Valery Perry, Independent Researcher and Democratization Policy Council Senior Associate
  • Bruce Hitchner, Director of the Peace & Justice Studies Program, Tufts University
  • Kati Marton, widow of Ambassador Richard Holbrooke
  • David Holbrooke, son of Ambassador Richard Holbrooke and filmmaker of The Diplomat, which chronicles the 50-year diplomatic career of his father.
  • Hamdija Custović, President of Congress of North American Bosniaks
  • Pavle Fukarek, citizen of Bosnia and Herzegovina discussing life after the war
  • Erol Gagula, Television Director, Federalna Televizija Bosne i Hercegovine
  • Dejan Vanjek, advisor to the Cabinet of Dragan Čović, Croatian Representative to the Bosnia and Herzegovina Council of Presidents
  • Dino Mihanovic, Political Counselor and Second Secretary, Croatian Embassy to the U.S.
  • Brian Lanahan, College of Charleston associate professor who is the author of Post-conflict education for democracy? Bosnian education in the post-war era 1995–2015
  • Mary Ann Hennessey, Head of Office of the Council of Europe in Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • Aida Hozic, Associate Professor of Political Science, University of Florida
  • Raffi Gregorian, former Principal Deputy High Representative at the U.S. Department of State