Liberating Kosovo: Coercive Diplomacy and U. S. Intervention

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MIT Press, Jul 20, 2012 - Political Science - 256 pages
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A compelling account of the diplomatic and military actions that led to Kosovo's independence and their implications for future U.S. and UN interventions.

Kosovo, after its incorporation into the Serbian Republic of Yugoslavia, became increasingly restive during the 1990s as Yugoslavia plunged into internal war and Kosovo's ethnic Albanian residents (Kosovars) sought autonomy. In March 1999, NATO forces began airstrikes against targets in Kosovo and Serbia in an effort to protect Kosovars against persecution. The bombing campaign ended in June 1999, and Kosovo was placed under transitional UN administration while negotiations on its status ensued. Kosovo eventually declared independence in 2008. Despite internal political tension and economic problems, the new nation has been recognized by many other countries and most of its inhabitants welcome its separation from Serbia.

In Liberating Kosovo, David Phillips offers a compelling account of the negotiations and military actions that culminated in Kosovo's independence. Drawing on his own participation in the diplomatic process and interviews with leading participants, Phillips chronicles Slobodan Milosevic's rise to power, the sufferings of the Kosovars, and the events that led to the disintegration of Yugoslavia. He analyzes how NATO, the United Nations, and the United States employed diplomacy, aerial bombing, and peacekeeping forces to set in motion the process that led to independence for Kosovo. He also offers important insights into a critical issue in contemporary international politics: how and when the United States, other nations, and NGOs should act to prevent ethnic cleansing and severe human-rights abuses.

 

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Contents

Chapter 1 Culture and History
1
Chapter 2 Yugoslavias Collapse
13
Chapter 3 Diaspora Politics
31
Chapter 4 International Advocacy
47
Chapter 5 The Kosova Liberation Army
65
Chapter 6 LastDitch Diplomacy
89
Chapter 7 The United Nations Mission in Kosovo
115
Chapter 8 Spring Riots
135
Chapter 10 The Home Stretch
171
Chapter 11 Lessons of Intervention
187
Epilogue
211
List of Acronyms
217
About the Author
219
Index
221
Belfer Center Studies in International Security
233
Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs
238

Chapter 9 Martti Ahtisaari
157

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About the author (2012)

David L. Phillips is Director of the Program on Peace-Building and Rights at Columbia University's Institute for the Study of Human Rights and a Fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School's Project on the Future of Diplomacy.

Steven E. Miller is director of the International Security Program at the Belfer Center.

Sean M. Lynn-Jones is Editor of International Security, the International Security Program's quarterly journal. He is also series editor of the Belfer Center Studies in International Security, the Program's book series that is published by MIT Press.

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