Center for Balkan Development/Friends of Bosnia
Tufts University/Dayton Peace Accords Project
Ambassador Donald Hays, Principal
Deputy High Representative, Office of the High Representative
Lessons Learned from the Balkan Conflicts
Saturday-Sunday, October 16-17, 2004
Boston College, Chestnut Hill Campus
Nine years after the signing of the Dayton Peace Accords,
the international community has spent tens of billions of
dollars on peacekeeping, war, economic and physical reconstruction,
and reconciliation efforts in the former Yugoslavia. Some
of these efforts have been successful, some have not.
September 11, 2001 changed the focus of the international
community from a decade of conflict in the Balkans to ongoing
war, peacekeeping, reconstruction in Afghanistan and Iraq,
and recognition that failed states and humanitarian disasters
anywhere are a threat to our security.
The international community, with the support and cooperation
of local efforts, has achieved remarkable success in creating
a secure and prosperous future for millions of people in the
region. There have also been notable failures along the way
that can serve as important lessons—both for the future
of reconstruction in the Balkans and for other post-conflict
and nation-building situations worldwide.
It is within this framework that this conference and policy
discussion was conceived.
This two-day conference will look back at what the international
community has learned from the wars in the Balkans and look
forward to viable solutions for reconstruction, reconciliation,
and lasting security—both from the perspective of the
former Yugoslavia and also as a laboratory for those doing
similar work in other parts of the world, specifically Afghanistan