Mapping the Negotiations – The Dayton Peace Accords (1995)

Year of Production
Location of Production
Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina
Original format
Printed Album (text / illustrations)
No. of pages
Mapping-out U.S. Government negotiations process that lead to signing of the Dayton Peace Accords – a peace plan for Bosnia and Herzegovina.
Research Period
August – November 1995
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.
Special thanks
To late Ambassador Richard Holbrooke and Random House Inc., New York,
for allowing us to use the book as the project basis.
The Bosnian version of the original Album is not published as a separate
edition, but it was translated and adapted for purposes of Encyclopaedia:
The Siege of Sarajevo 1992-1996 . A Special edition of the Album in Bosnian was printed in November 2005 to mark the 10th anniversary of the Dayton Peace Accords and over 10,000 copies were distributed across B&H as a special supplement of Oslobodjenje.


Author and Editor
Suada Kapic
Project Director
Miran Norderland
Gianni Fazlagic
Jelena Oksenfeld
Computer Work
Vedran Ibrulj
Executive Manager
Sidika Dukatar
Marina Banic, Sanja Mizic
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Because of their influence, those who watch, observe, analyse and explain meaning to the masses are considered a kind of elite; however if this elite use faulty methodology or have impure intentions, it can lead to disastrous consequences. We, the founders of FAMA, the first independent multi-media company in the former Yugoslavia, were fully aware of the sensitivity of the area in which we chose to invest. From the very beginning of the disintegration of Yugoslavia, we knew that documentation, of all types and forms, would play a vital role in the fate of current and future generations. In keeping with our own personal principles, our methods rely on fact, oral history and recorded documentation (documented documents). It is through our unique insight and gift of foresight that we have been able to develop a step by step methodology that 'makes the obvious visible'.

Gaining insight. This involves watching events attentively with an open mind as an observer rather than a participant, in order to note significant elements of the observed phenomenon; then putting these elements together to identify early signs of any emerging dominant trends that might launch a new process of cause and effect.

Continuing research through oral history. Those who participated in an observed event talk about their own experience of it, without commenting on other participants. These elements are recorded in photo/video format.

Structuring the research. Putting first hand facts and documented documents of a particular event, period or phenomenon into a structure that transfers this knowledge in a form acceptable to an audience, devoid of any indicators that would point to a conclusion. Readers, viewers, students, researchers draw their own conclusions on the basis of the given format.

Converting the structure. This phase involves producing a format suitable for mass production (maps, albums, films, encyclopedias).

Creating a study pack. We have created an educational pack consisting of different sections that can be used for different levels of education, as our unique contribution to the interpretation of the period 1991-1999.

Mapping the Negotiations – The Dayton Peace Accords (1995)

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.