Mapping the Dayton Peace Accords
School of Knowledge: Mapping Dayton Peace Accords project can trace back its origins to 2000, when Miran Norderland and the FAMA Team obtained permission from Ambassador Richard Holbrooke and his publisher Random House to use his book “To End A War” for the creation of the FAMA Album: “The Dayton Peace Accords: Mapping Negotiations.” The objective of the project was to visualise and contextualise the road to Dayton by mappingout the U.S. Shuttle Diplomacy and Peace Proximity Talks in Dayton in a way that they could be accessible to a wide range audience.
Project is based on the book by Ambassador Richard Holbrook – To End a War. The objective was to map-out complex negotiations through illustrated chronology of the events that took place in 1995 across B&H, former Yugoslavia, Western Europe and the USA – eventually materializing in the Dayton Peace Accords and ending the war in Bosnia and Herzegovina. The Album contains textual chronology and analysis of the events visualised through hand-drawn illustrations and provides behind-the-scene insight into U.S. diplomatic efforts to end a war in Bosnia and Herzegovina.
At all stages of the siege we aimed to deal only with facts supported by the first-hand testimonies, and thus decided to include the Richard Holbrooke’s book To Finish the War into our archiving project. Thanks to the author, we were permitted to use dialogues and statements of the warring parties and the international community rallied around the project of ending the war in Bosnia and Herzegovina, which also ended the siege of Sarajevo. This map of the negotiations is the undisputable testimony of positions and objectives of all parties involved in the process of ending the war, as well on the final decisions that resulted in the Dayton Peace Agreement. Anyone involved in the revision or denial of this agreement should be aware of the facts which lead to the signing of the agreement i.e. how the war in B&H ended. This is also an important document on the balance of power on the international diplomatic, political, and military scene at the end of the 20th century, and on the functioning of the U.S. administration within their foreign policy objectives at the time. Finally, as the educational model for contemporaries and future generations, it is an essential part of our archive collection.