Reflections on the Balkan Wars: Ten Years After the Break-up of Yugoslavia

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In this collection scholars, policymakers, and military officials explore the conditions that gave rise to the Balkan wars in the 1990s, the application of international law to the wars, the conduct of the wars, and post-war issues. The essays are based on presentations given at the International Conference on the Balkans held at Florida Atlantic University in February 2002. The contributors come from varied backgrounds, including international law, genocide studies, ...

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Overview

In this collection scholars, policymakers, and military officials explore the conditions that gave rise to the Balkan wars in the 1990s, the application of international law to the wars, the conduct of the wars, and post-war issues. The essays are based on presentations given at the International Conference on the Balkans held at Florida Atlantic University in February 2002. The contributors come from varied backgrounds, including international law, genocide studies, peacekeeping, European politics, communications, history, and military studies.

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"The volume Reflections on the Balkan Wars could not come at a more timely moment. A number of the issues discussed by the contributors are central to our understanding of the wars of the Yugoslav succession and the dilemmas facing the international community at present. Of special note are the chapters dealing with humanitarian intervention (pro and con), the use of airpower in Kosovo, and the consequences of recognizing the republics within existing boundaries. The concluding chapter, by Professors Bianchini and Forage argues that European institutions must be strengthened in anticipation of further challenges in the Balkans. Thoughtful American policy makers with an interest in the Balkans should be sure to consult the aforementioned chapters in this study."— Paul Shoup, Professor Emeritus, University of Virginia

"This study is an excellent resource for academics, policy makers and general readers who want to understand the events in former Yugoslavia that precipitated war and the subsequent international efforts meant to keep the fragile peace. The volume benefits greatly from the expertise and diversity of its authors, who range from across the academic disciplines to military professionals. Now, some years after Operation Allied Force, the authors offer a fresh look at the actors and organizations that played major roles during and after the Balkan crises that dominated the 1990s. This book does a first-rate job of analyzing the political norms and practices that provoked and then guided international intervention, and of raising the many lessons to be learned about modern conflict from the still unresolved tensions in the Balkans."—Mary N. Hampton, Professor of National Security, Air Command and Staff College

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781403963321
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
  • Publication date: 1/17/2004
  • Edition description: REV
  • Pages: 276
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.68 (d)

Meet the Author

Jeffrey S. Morton is Associate Professor of International Law and Politics and Paul Forage is Assistant Professor of History, both at Florida Atlantic University. Stefano Bianchini is Associate Professor and Director of the Center for Central-Eastern Europe and the Balkans at the University of Bologna. Craig Nation is Professor of military studies in the Strategic Studies Institute, U.S. Army War College.

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Table of Contents

Foreword—General Sir Rupert Smith
Part I: Wars in the Balkans
Origins of Foreign Intervention in the Civil War in Former Yugoslavia—Patricia Kollander
• The Genocide Factor in the Yugoslav Wars of Dismemberment—Henry Huttenbach
• The Relationship between the Dismemberment of Yugoslavia and European Integration—Francesco Privitera
• The Leaky Bucket: Cross-Border Albanian Issues in the Balkans—Lawrence E. Cline
• Media and Communications Systems in the Balkans Conflicts—Peter W. Reynolds
Part II: The International Law and Organization.
• The UN Response to the Unfolding Balkan Wars—Frances T. Pilch
• International Norms of Territorial Integrity and the Balkan Wars of the 1990s—Mikulas Fabry
• The Balkan Conflict and the International War Convention—Craig Nation
• Anticipatory Humanitarian Intervention: The Evolution of a New Norm?—Christopher Joyner & Anthony Clark Arend
Part III: Reflections on the Balkan Wars.
• International Solutions to Domestic Problems in Bosnia—Patrice McMahon
• Slouching Towards Kosovo: Matching Expectations with Reality for Air Power in Modern Limited Wars—Conrad Crane
• The The Future of Western Engagement in the Balkans—Paul Forage, Craig Nation, Stefano Bianchini & Jeffrey S. Morton

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