Bill Clinton gives keynote at Dayton Peace Accords conference

DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – The University of Dayton is hosting a conference to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Dayton Peace Accords.


The accords were negotiated and signed at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in 1995 to end the war in Bosnia-Herzegovina and Croatia. The constitution of Bosnia and Herzegovina remains today.

Among the many events scheduled, Thursday’s keynote address is being given by 42nd U.S. President Bill Clinton. Mr. Clinton is scheduled to speak at noon.

Here is a complete schedule of Thursday’s events:

  • 8-9 a.m. – Conference check-in
  • 9-9:15 a.m. – Welcome to Dayton from Mayor Nan Whaley, Commissioner Matt Joseph, John McCance and Daniel Serwer
  • 9:15-9:30 a.m. – Opening Remarks from Igor Crnadak, foreign minister of BiH; Djerdj Matković, Serbian ambassador to the United States, and Mate Granić, special representative of the president of the Republic of Croatia
  • 9:30-10:30 a.m. – “The Dayton Peace Accords – Untold Stories of the Diplomatic Effort: What were the key elements, opportunities and constraints?” with Gen. Wes Clark, US Army, retired; Sarajevo Mayor Ivo Komšić, Mate Granić, former Croatian foreign minister; and Peter Galbraith, former U.S. ambassador to Croatia
  • 10:30-11:30 a.m. – “Lessons learned from the Dayton Negotiations and Application to Other Conflicts” with Ambassador Christopher Hill; Ambassador Peter Galbraith; and Bruce Hitchner, Tufts University
  • 11:30 a.m.-Noon – Break
  • Noon-1:15 p.m. – Lunch with keynote address by 42nd U.S. President Bil Clinton
  • 1:30-2:50 p.m. – “Dayton Implementation: Challenges in Transition from Dayton” with Igor Crnadak, foreign minister of BiH; High Representative Valentin Inzko, and Ambassador Thomas Miller
  • 2:50-3 p.m. – Break
  • 3-4 p.m. – “What is the U.S. role in BiH today and how can the U.S. be more effective?” with Maureen Cormack, U.S.  ambassador to BiH and Igor Crnadak, foreign minister of BiH
  • 4-4:15 p.m. – Sarajevo-Banja Luka-Dayton-Mostar Municipal Cooperation Agreement Signing
  • 4:15-4:30 p.m. – Review of the day with Daniel Serwer, Johns Hopkins University

2 NEWS is at UD covering Clinton’s speech and will have all the latest on this historic event starting at 5:00 p.m. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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