Educational ‘Study Table’ (Mapping the Dayton Peace Accords, 2015) (Photo: Jasmina Murga Vidovic)
The Dayton Peace Accords, signed in 1995, is a living process that can be observed as (1) a complex political and legal document whose implementation is subject to various interpretations and (geo)political influences; and (2) as an art of negotiations that ended a war in Bosnia and Herzegovina.
In that context, FAMA Methodology has focused on the Art of Negotiations by mapping out the intricate matrix of the 'U.S. Shuttle Diplomacy' and 'Proximity Peace Talks' at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Dayton, OH. In our view, this is how a window of insight can be opened into the topic to help contemporary and future generations make sense of the causes and consequences of the Peace Accords.
Amidst a world often clouded by distorted information and skewed narratives, an imperative emerges to delineate facts concerning complex historical events. FAMA's work in this domain since 1992 reaffirms our commitment to preserving and communicating the factual chronicles leading to the end of the devastating war in Bosnia and Herzegovina. Addressing this need, the FAMA Methodology presents the "Knowledge Transfer Module / The Dayton Peace Accords / The Art of Negotiations - How to End a War."
Our approach to this topic began in 1997 and gradually developed through individual projects dealing with Dayton from different perspectives and in various multimedia formats. Each of these projects was presented as a standalone education model in a production format suited to its time. When we started, we couldn't know in advance the direction and sequencing our work on 'Dayton' would develop. Still, we knew each project would stand the test of time and be finalized in the Knowledge Transfer Module format.
Today, we are not just opening a chronological window of our methodology but also launching new education and communication models that are adaptable and responsive to 21st-century challenges. We hope that this Module contributes to a more nuanced understanding of conflict resolution, offering insights that resonate beyond the boundaries of Bosnia and Herzegovina.
The Dayton Peace Accords is not just a peace agreement that ended a war in Bosnia and Herzegovina; it is an opportunity to learn why and how the peace agreement came to fruition by focusing on the Art of Negotiations and How to End a War. We hope this 'Knowledge Transfer Module' will enable you to contextualize and visualize the events that marked the end of the 20th century and continue to shape Bosnia's future.
The Module is organized into eight contextual categories with supporting references, allowing the user to follow the story in chronological order by engaging with multimedia content that was customized for each section: