Former Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadzic was arrested Monday on charges related to genocide and war crimes during the Bosnian war. He had been living as a fugitive for more than a decade. Here's a timeline of key events in his life.
June 1945 — Karadzic is born in the former Yugoslav Republic, in what is now Montenegro.
July 1990 — Karadzic co-founds the Serbian Democratic Party, a Serbian nationalist party in Bosnia-Herzegovina.
January 1990 — Slovenian and Croatian delegates walk out of a Yugoslav Communist Party Congress, presaging the breakup of the Yugoslav Federation over the next few years.
October 1991 — Karadzic leads a move to create "Serb autonomous provinces" in Bosnia, which were represented by a separate Serb assembly.
February/March 1992 — Bosnian Serbs boycott a referendum in which the country's Muslims and Croats vote to declare independence from Yugoslavia.
April 1992 — The United Nations recognizes Bosnia as an independent state. Bosnian Serbs lay siege to the capital city, Sarajevo.
May 1992 — Karadzic is named first president of the Bosnian Serb Republic.
Summer/fall 1992 — The Bosnian Serb army and Serb paramilitary groups go on to occupy about 70 percent of the country. Serb forces systemically drive Muslims from the towns and villages they capture, a process they call "ethnic cleansing."
April 1993 — The U.N. declares "safe havens" in six cities in eastern Bosnia, including Srebrenica and Gorazde. People in these towns are declared to be under the protection of peacekeepers.
February 1994 — NATO becomes involved in enforcing a U.N. no-fly zone over Bosnia. NATO jets shoot down four Serb aircraft over central Bosnia.
March 1995 — Karadzic orders his army to tighten the siege on Srebrenica, already facing a humanitarian crisis because Serb forces refused to let supply convoys enter the city.
July 1995 — Serb troops occupy the U.N. "safe haven" of Srebrenica. Serb forces round up about 8,000 Muslim men and boys and slaughter them.
Summer 1995 — The Bosnian Muslim-Croat alliance launches an operation that re-captures much of western Bosnia from the Serbs.
September 1995 — NATO expands air strikes against Bosnian Serb forces and infrastructure.
November 1995 — The war ends with the Dayton Peace Agreement, reached after U.S.-backed negotiations.
1996 — Karadzic goes into hiding to avoid international warrants for his arrest.
July 2008 — Karadzic is arrested in Serbia by security forces.