M997.52.101 | Serbs Take on UN

Drawing, cartoon
Serbs Take on UN
Serge Chapleau
1995, 20th century
Graphite on paper
43.1 x 35.5 cm
Gift of M. Serge Chapleau
© McCord Museum
Keywords:  Cartoon (19139) , Drawing (18637) , drawing (18379) , politics (10928)
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Keys to History

Referring to the way things were going in the conflicts that were tearing apart the Balkans, this cartoon raises a few doubts about the effectiveness of United Nations (UN) diplomacy in dealing with Serbian military power.

  • What

    Despite UN resolutions and the posting of UN peacekeepers to the region, Serbian influence and military strength, and the fact that it didn't hesitate to resort to the use of force, were key factors in the ongoing conflicts that continued to plague the former Yugoslavian republics.

  • Where

    Ex-Yugoslavia, or officially the former Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia, was a federation of the following countries: Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Kosovo, Montenegro, Republic of Macedonia, Serbia and Slovenia.

  • When

    The year 1995 was marked by Serbian, Croatian and Bosnian offensives and by air strikes by the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) before peace negotiations began in Dayton, Ohio, on November 1, 1995. The peace agreement was finally signed on December 14, 1995.

  • Who

    The civil servant with his briefcase represents the United Nations, whereas the thug holding him is supposed to be a Serbian soldier.