Reports from the world's trouble spots, including the Ukraine and Syria, dominate news cycles, and those crises are frequently compared to the Bosnian conflict of the 1990s.

Will a Bosnia-type crisis happen again? Can a deeper understanding of national decision-making during that conflict provide a clearer perspective for our present and future actions? How does an engaged university talk about such global crises? Why is it important for students to engage in research and partake in these global conversations?

The Bosnian War remains Europe's most destructive crisis since World War II—a conflict marked by vicious cruelty as neighbors took aggression into the realm of atrocity. The Dayton Peace Agreement, which put an end to the war, enjoys dubious fame, hailed by some as an impressive example of conflict resolution and criticized by others as a flawed peace agreement that spawned a dysfunctional political system.

Recently declassified CIA documents shed light on the role that intelligence played in national policy during the war. On March 19-20, JMU hosted "Intelligence and the Transition from War to Peace: A Multidisciplinary Assessment." Scholars from the United States and abroad presented papers exploring the role of intelligence in war and peace as revealed by the declassified documents.

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