The Center for Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies will present a symposium, “Peace or Ceasefire? Bosnia Twenty Years after Dayton,” on Friday, November 13, from 2-5 pm in the Michigan Room at the Michigan League. The symposium comprises four U-M alumni panelists, who will gather to discuss the Dayton Accords that ended the 1992-95 war in Bosnia and Herzegovina, and to assess the situation after two decades. Current events in Bosnia and Herzegovina, including an upcoming referendum in Republika Srpska on the legitimacy of an oversight body established by Dayton and a proposed independence referendum there in 2018, are testing the strength of the peace agreement.

Panelists will look at the history of the region, lessons learned since the 1995 signing of the Dayton Accords, and ongoing actions to carry out Dayton’s peace mandate. The participants are:

Edin Hajdarpasic(MA History ’02, PhD History ’08), associate professor of history, Loyola University Chicago

Paula Pickering (PhD Political Science ’01), associate professor of government, College of William and Mary

Michael MacQueen(BA Economics ’80, MA REES ’83), senior historian, Human Rights Violators and War Crimes Center, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement

Robert J. Donia (MA History ’74, PhD History ’76), CREES research associate, University of Michigan

The symposium will be moderated by Pamela Ballinger, Fred Cuny Professor of the History of Human Rights at the University of Michigan.

SPONSORS: Center for Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies; Center for European Studies; Department of History; Human Rights Initiative; International Policy Center; Weiser Center for Emerging Democracies

Contact: Donna Parmelee / T: 734.764.0351 / E:

The University of Michigan Center for Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies (CREES) is dedicated to advancing and disseminating interdisciplinary knowledge about the peoples, nations, and cultures of Russia, Central and Eastern Europe, and Eurasia, past and present. Through its own academic programs and its support of area-focused training and scholarship across U-M's schools and colleges, CREES helps meet the nation’s ongoing need for experts with deep contextual knowledge who are proficient in the region's languages. CREES is an affiliate of the Weiser Center for Europe and Eurasia and constituent unit of the International Institute.