November marked the 25th anniversary of the signing of the Dayton Peace Accords, a U.S. brokered peace deal that ended the three and a half years of ethnic cleansing and genocide against Bosnia and Herzegovina’s (BiH) non-Serb population. In many respects, this has been a monumental achievement as there has not been a return to violence. Despite this important accomplishment, it must be acknowledged that the peace accords do not come without some shortcomings. While progress has been made, BiH continues to be plagued with high levels of corruption, and an overabundance of political elites that have little incentive to do away with a system of patronage that benefits them.
While the last 25 years have presented BiH with many confrontations, Ambassador Maureen Cormack from the U.S. Department of State will highlight the progress that has been made, as well as the challenges that remain.
Lastly, our panel of young activists will focus on the steps that citizens of BiH can undertake, in order to ensure a more prosperous and democratic BiH for generations to come.
Friday, November 20, 2020 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM EST
Ambassador Maureen Cormack, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs
Jasminko Halilovic, Founder and Director of the War Childhood Museum
Ajla Borozan, Program Director, Youth Initiative for Human Rights, BiH
Darko Brkan, President and Co-Founder of NGO “Why Not?”
Edita Maric, Fellow at Leaders of Justice Program
Moderator: Ajla Delkic, President, Advisory Council for Bosnia and Herzegovina
The full event is viewable here.