The 1995 Blog

1995: The year the future began

The mixed lessons of the Dayton peace accords

More than 20 years have passed since U.S.-backed negotiations at Dayton, Ohio, produced an agreement ending the brutal war in Bosnia, Europe’s deadliest conflict since the time of the Nazis. … Continue reading

November 20, 2016

The crowded closing day of a watershed year

It is fitting that the watershed year of 1995 closed on such a crowded day. December 31, 1995, was a Sunday, and the publication date of the last original strip … Continue reading

December 31, 2015 · 1 Comment

Bosnian war ended at Dayton 20 years ago; U.S. ‘hubris bubble’ swelled soon after

Saturday marks the 20th anniversary of the successful conclusion of U.S.-brokered peace talks near Dayton, Ohio — a remarkable negotiation that was salvaged at almost the last possible moment and … Continue reading

November 19, 2015 · 3 Comments

Downer doc: Richard Holbrooke recalled on HBO

The conventional interpretation of Richard C. Holbrooke, principal architect of the 1995 Dayton peace accords that ended the vicious war in Bosnia, is that he was a shrewd and colorful … Continue reading

November 5, 2015 · 7 Comments

Amid suspicion and disdain, Dayton peace talks on Bosnia opened 20 years ago

Elegance was absent and awkwardness prevailed as the U.S.-brokered peace talks on Bosnia opened 20 years ago today at an improbable venue halfway round the world from the theater of … Continue reading

November 1, 2015 · 5 Comments

When war in Bosnia reached the beginning of its end

One of the deadliest attacks of Bosnia’s savage civil war came 20 years ago yesterday, when Bosnian Serb gunners lobbed five mortar rounds near an open-air market in Sarajevo, the … Continue reading

August 29, 2015 · 5 Comments

The 1995 massacre at Srebrenica and its effects on U.S. policy

Twenty years ago this week, Bosnia Serb forces seized control of the Muslim enclave of Srebrenica in eastern Bosnia and soon after began rounding up, and killing, the Muslim men … Continue reading

July 9, 2015 · 10 Comments

Downed pilot eludes Serbs; Americans take notice of Bosnia

The war that tore apart Bosnia in 1992-95 was Europe’s deadliest and most vicious since the time of the Nazis. It was a war that returned “ethnic cleansing” to the … Continue reading

June 2, 2015 · 8 Comments

Part One: Highlights of ‘1995’ interview with Reason.com

Nick Gillespie, editor-in-chief of Reason.com and Reason TV, recently spoke with me about my latest book, 1995: The Year the Future Began. The video and the transcript of the interview … Continue reading

February 21, 2015 · 11 Comments

What ‘Time’ forgot in its look back to 1995

“Does 1995 feel like just yesterday or a lifetime ago?” Time magazine asked in a recent writeup online that offered a puzzling look back at 1995. Puzzling for what Time … Continue reading

January 10, 2015 · 10 Comments

Going ‘Majic’ for a brisk discussion about 1995

I went on the “Morning Show” today on WMJI (Majic 105.7 FM) in Cleveland for what was a brisk, lively, and engaging discussion about my recently released new book, 1995: … Continue reading

January 5, 2015 · 8 Comments

Watershed status of 1995 explored in book rollout at Newseum

Why 1995 merits recognition as a watershed was a central discussion point yesterday at the rollout of my new book, 1995: The Year the Future Began. The reasons for the … Continue reading

January 4, 2015 · 16 Comments

Rolling out 1995

I’ll be rolling out 1995: The Year the Future Began at an “Inside Media” program tomorrow afternoon at the Newseum, the $450 million museum of news on Pennsylvania Avenue in … Continue reading

January 2, 2015 · 28 Comments

Looking back to 1995, the year the future began

The passing of 20 years illuminates how 1995 was a watershed year — a time of maturing technologies and converging trajectories, a hinge moment at the cusp of the millennium. … Continue reading

December 30, 2014 · 25 Comments