Dayton at 25: The future of Bosnia and Herzegovina

This two-day conference marking the 25th anniversary of the Dayton Peace Agreement gathered a distinguished line-up of speakers to discuss the challenges facing the country and to explore options for transatlantic cooperation in the Western Balkans

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Guests

  • Christiane Amanpour, Chief International Anchor, CNN
  • Bill Clinton, 42nd President of the United States
  • Sabina Ćudić, Member of Parliament, Federation of BiH
  • Baroness Arminka Helić, House of Lords, The United Kingdom
  • Christoph Heusgen, German Ambassador to the United Nations
  • Jeanne Shaheen, United States Senator from New Hampshire
  • Alma Zadić, Minister of Justice, Republic of Austria
  • and others

Chaired by

Majda Ruge, Senior Policy Fellow, European Council on Foreign Relations

Agenda

Monday, 14 December 2020

2.00 – 2.10 pm: Programme introduction

  • Majda Ruge, Senior Policy Fellow, ECFR
  • Ana Ramić, Head of Communications, ECFR

2.10 – 2.15 pm: Welcome remarks: Mark Leonard, Director, ECFR

2.15 – 2.30 pm: Keynote Speech: Baroness Arminka Helić, Member of the House of Lords, United Kingdom

2.30-2.45 pm: Screening of the documentary: “Voices of youth, 25 years after Dayton”

2.45 – 4.00 pm: Bosnia and Herzegovina as a transatlantic challenge: Then and now

  • Carl Bildt, Former Prime Minister and former Foreign Minister of Sweden, EU representative at Dayton negotiations
  • Sabina Ćudić, Member of Parliament, Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • Wolfgang Ischinger, Chairman, Munich Security Conference, German Representative at Dayton negotiations
  • Jim O’Brien, Vice-Chair, Albright-Stonebridge Group, Special Presidential Envoy for the Balkans in the Clinton Administration
  • Moderated by Vessela Tcherneva, ECFR Deputy Director and Head of the Sofia Office

4.00 – 4.30 pm: Coffee break

4.30 – 6.00 pm: Rule of law as a foundation for peace in the Western Balkans

  • Stephen B. Heintz, President and CEO, Rockefeller Brothers Fund
  • Predrag Kojović, President of Nasa Stranka
  • Alma Zadić, Minister of Justice, Republic of Austria
  • Moderated by Valerie Hopkins, Southeast Europe Correspondent, Financial Times

First intervention: Viola von Cramon, Member of the European Parliament, Bündnis 90/Die Grünen

Second intervention: Johann Sattler, Head of the Delegation of the European Union and European Union Special Representative in Bosnia and Herzegovina

6.00 pm: Wrap-up day one

Tuesday, 15 December 2020

2.30 – 2.35 pm: Introduction

2.35 – 2.45 pm: Conversation with Ida Avdibegović, Drama and Peace Educator on making of the documentary “Voices of youth, 25 years after Dayton”

2.45 – 3.00 pm: Screening of the documentary: “Voices of youth, 25 years after Dayton”

3.00 – 4.30 pm: Despite politics: Citizen potential in Bosnia and Herzegovina

  • Lucija Babić, Student at the United World College, Mostar
  • Samir Beharić, Activist, Jajce
  • Jasminko Halilović, Founder and Director, War Childhood Museum, Sarajevo
  • Ivana Korajlić, Executive Director, Transparency International, Banja Luka
  • Jasmin Mujanović, Author of Hunger and Fury: The Crisis of Democracy in the Balkans
  • Moderated by Aleksandra Tomanić, Executive Director, European Fund for the Balkans

4.30 – 4.45 pm: Coffee Break

4.45 – 5.00 pm: Conversation with Christiane Amanpour, Chief International Anchor, CNN

5.00 – 5.15 pm: Keynote Speech: Bill Clinton, 42nd President of the United States

5.15 – 5.45 pm: Coffee Break

5.45 – 6.45 pm: 25 years after Dayton: Bosnia and Herzegovina as a transatlantic project

  • Christoph Heusgen, German Ambassador to the United Nations
  • Jeanne Shaheen, United States Senator from New Hampshire
  • Moderated by Majda Ruge, Senior Fellow, European Council on Foreign Relations

First intervention: Nathalie Tocci, Special Advisor to the High Representative of the European Union Josep Borrell

6.45 – 7.15 pm: Wrap-up day two: Discussion with students from Mostar, Banja Luka and Sarajevo

7.15 pm: Closing of the conference

  • Majda Ruge, Senior Policy Fellow, ECFR
  • Ana Ramić, Head of Communications, ECFR

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