Wright State, ATIC to sponsor symposium on Bosnia following CIA declassification of documents

Richard Holbrooke, former US Envoy to Bosnia and broker of the Dayton Peace Accords. Photo credit: The Balkans Investigative Reporting Network

The role of intelligence in the Bosnian War will be the topic of a special symposium sponsored by Wright State University and the Advanced Technical Intelligence Center following the expected release of newly declassified information by the CIA.

The CIA Historical Collections Division will reportedly release a special declassification titled Bosnia, Intelligence, and the Clinton Presidency on Oct. 1.

The three-and-a-half-year Bosnian War ended following the Dayton Peace Accords, which were reached at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in 1995.

“This symposium will enable us to explore the role of intelligence in the war and to recognize the importance our community played in bringing an end to the conflict,” said Donna Schlagheck, chair of the political science department at Wright State.

The symposium, which will be held May 7 and 8, 2014, will focus on the role of intelligence in ending armed conflict, the challenges of sharing intelligence between opposing forces and the use of intelligence in monitoring adherence to peace accords. To select presenters at the symposium, the public is encouraged to submit proposals for papers, presentations and panel discussions on these topics.

The Advanced Technical Intelligence Center is an independent, not-for-profit education, training, and research organization in Beavercreek, Ohio, dedicated to addressing critical human and technology needs within the U.S. intelligence community and related industries.  The symposium is also being sponsored by Wright State’s College of Liberal Arts, the Department of History and the Department of Political Science.

Proposals are due by Dec. 31. The selected presenters will be notified by Jan. 31, 2014.

Proposals and questions should be submitted to info@atichcd.org with “Intelligence and the Bosnian War” in the subject line. The proposals must be limited to one-page abstracts in either MS Word or PDF and should include the title of the presentation and the name(s), title(s) and contact information of presenter(s) as well as their institutional affiliation or organization.

Additional information will be available at atichcd.org as the conference date approaches.

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