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From Graz to Žepa: Revisiting Peace Agreements in Bosnia and Herzegovina

November 27, 2018

Laura Wise (PSRP) will present at the Current Research on Southeastern Europe seminar at the Centre for Southeast European Studies at the University of Graz, November 27, 2018. This event is free and open to all.


Academic, practitioner, and popular reflections on the peace process to end the 1992-1995 war in Bosnia overwhelmingly focus on a series of internationally mediated, comprehensive peace plans, usually culminating in the 1995 Dayton Peace Accords. However, a new peace agreements dataset shows that these plans are only a part of the story of how parties negotiated throughout the conflict, and that multiple and multi-layered processes took place beyond highly publicised handshake moments in London and Washington. This talk explores some of these lesser-known deals, including local ceasefires, surrender agreements, and partition bargains, how they interacted with national-level peace processes, and asks what unveiling these dynamics means for approaching contemporary conflicts beyond the region.

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