photograph of the presidents of Bosnia and Croatia preparing to sign the Dayton Peace Agreement

The 1992 war in the former Yugoslavia was the first conflict since WWII to be formally judged as genocidal in character, and many of the participants were charged with terrible war crimes.

It was in Dayton, Ohio, in November of 1995 that the world community — led by the U.S. State Department — brought to the table the leaders of the three warring nations for weeks of conflict resolution.  The Dayton Peace Accords is the name given to the written agreement negotiated at the end of 1995.  This exhibit uses photographs and explanatory text to highlight the key events, telling a success story for the art of diplomacy.

Photo above is © 1995 by Skip Peterson/Dayton Daily News. Used with permission