The Conduct of Diplomacy in the 1990S: the War in Bosnia-Hercegovina

Date of Graduation

Spring 1996


Master of Science in Defense and Strategic Studies


Defense and Strategic Studies

Committee Chair

William Van Cleave


This thesis focuses on examining the war in Bosnia-Hercegovina, the current outcome of the conflict, the durability of the Dayton peace accord, and U.S. policy over the matter. The history of the former Yugoslavia pertinent to the break-up of the country and the war in Bosnia-Hercegovina, as well as an overview of the diplomatic initiatives taken are reviewed for this purpose. Major actor participation and interest in the war in Bosnia-Hercegovina, especially United States participation and policy, also are provided as a basis for analyzing the conflict in Bosnia-Hercegovina. This Balkan war came to be a persistent problem for the United States and the other international actors involved in the diplomatic process. The fighting ceased after three years of vacillation on the part of the United States, the European Union, and NATO. It was not until after this time that NATO force and heavy diplomatic pressure and persuasion were utilized to compel the three sides accept, perhaps a a modus vivendi, a peace agreement forged in Dayton, Ohio. Now the United States and NATO are enforcing that peace, but the question is whether it will prove to be an enduring one.

Subject Categories

Defense and Security Studies


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