The Kosovo Report: Conflict, International Response, Lessons Learned

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Introduction

The war in Kosovo is the most recent tragedy in the Balkan conflict—the decade-long implosion of the old Yugoslav Federation that left a quarter million dead, many thousands more displaced and much of the region in ruins. Yet the war will be remembered as a turning-point: compelling a collective armed intervention for the express purpose of implementing un Security Council (unsc) resolutions but without unsc authorization. nato, deploying for the first time its armed forces in war, placed the controversial doctrine of “humanitarian intervention” squarely in the world's eye.

Unsurprisingly, several demanding international issues were framed by the intervention: reconciliation of the commitment to international protection of human rights with respect for national sovereignty and legal restrictions on the non-defensive use of force; the continued legitimacy of the post World War II world order as set forth in the United Nations charter; the capacity of the United Nations to act as global peace keeper and the ramifications of the right to self-determination. But the war's course also specifically provoked a number of questions fundamental to the way in which future conflicts will be treated. Why was the international community unable to act earlier and prevent escalation of the conflict? Why did diplomacy fail? Did nato act rightfully in launching a military campaign without Security

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Table of contents

Table of contents

  • The Kosovo Report iii
  • Table of Contents v
  • Executive Summary 1
  • Address by Former President Nelson Mandela 14
  • Introduction 19
  • Part I - What Happened? 27
  • 1: The Origins of the Kosovo Crisis 33
  • 2: Internal Armed Conflict 67
  • 3: International War Supervenes 85
  • 4: Kosovo Under United Nations Rule 99
  • Part 2 - Analysis 129
  • 5: The Diplomatic Dimension 131
  • 6: International Law and Humanitarian Intervention 163
  • 7: Humanitarian Organizations and the Role of Media 201
  • 8: Kosovo: The Regional Dimension 227
  • 9: The Future Status of Kosovo 259
  • Part III - Conclusion 281
  • 10: Conclusion 283
  • Annexes 299
  • Annex 10 Index 369
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