The Road to the Dayton Accords A Study of American Statecraft

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  • Edition: Reprint
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2013-08-14
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan

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In this groundbreaking book, Derek Chollet provides unprecedented insights into the high-stakes diplomacy behind the historic 1995 Dayton agreement that ended the war in Bosnia—the most devastating conflict in Europe since the Second World War. Based on still unopened US government archives and hours of interviews, The Road to the Dayton Accords is a fast-paced history that focuses on the key players, decisions, and events on the difficult journey to peace, taking the reader from the killing fields of the Balkans, to tense meetings in the Oval Office, to dramatic negotiations on a secluded Air Force base in Dayton, Ohio. Exhaustively researched and candidly written, this is a behind-the-scenes portrait of statecraft at the highest levels. This book sheds new light on one of the Clinton administration's most important—and lasting—diplomatic achievements, which proved to be a critical turning point for America's relationship with Europe and for Bill Clinton's presidency. With novelistic detail, this book also deepens our understanding of the course and conduct of modern American foreign policy, especially over US efforts to solve the world's most difficult conflicts—a challenge that still dominates the news today.

Author Biography

Derek Chollet is the author, co-author or co-editor of six books on American foreign policy, including America Between the Wars: From 11/9 to 9/11 (coauthored with James Goldgeier), and The Unquiet American: Richard Holbrooke in the World (coedited with Samantha Power). His commentaries and reviews on U.S. foreign policy and politics have appeared in the Washington Post, Financial Times, Politico, and many other books and publications.

Table of Contents

1. America and Bosnia
2. The Summer Crisis: June-July 1995
3. Over the Waterfall: The Endgame Strategy
4. Tragedy as Turning Point: The First Shuttle, Mount Igman and Operations
5. Deliberate Force
6. The Road to Geneva: The Patriarch Letter and NATO Bombing
7. Force and Diplomacy: NATO Bombing Ends, The Western Offensive Heats Up
8. The New York Agreement, Negotiating a Ceasefire, and Approaching a Settlement
9. Preparing for Proximity Talks
10. Dayton

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