Liberating Kosovo: Coercive Diplomacy and U. S. Intervention

Liberating Kosovo: Coercive Diplomacy and U. S. Intervention

by David L. Phillips, Nicholas Burns

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Overview

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780262305129
Publisher: MIT Press
Publication date: 07/20/2012
Series: Belfer Center Studies in International Security
Sold by: Penguin Random House Publisher Services
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 256
File size: 411 KB
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

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.

Table of Contents

Foreword Nicholas Burns ix

Acknowledgments xiii

Introduction xv

Chapter 1 Culture and History 1

Chapter 2 Yugoslavia's Collapse 13

Chapter 3 Diaspora Politics 31

Chapter 4 International Advocacy 47

Chapter 5 The Kosova Liberation Army 65

Chapter 6 Last-Ditch Diplomacy 89

Chapter 7 The United Nations Mission in Kosovo 115

Chapter 8 Spring Riots 135

Chapter 9 Martti Ahtisaari 157

Chapter 10 The Home Stretch 171

Chapter 11 Lessons of Intervention 187

Epilogue 211

List of Acronyms 217

About the Author 219

Index 221

What People are Saying About This

Frank G. Wisner

David Phillips has given us timely and important insights into one of the overriding issues of the post-Cold War period—the responsibility of the international community and the United States to act when the world is faced with genocide, crimes against humanity, and ethnic cleansing.

Martti Ahtisaari

This diplomatic history both sheds light on events in Kosovo and informs future mediation. It highlights the importance of careful analysis in order to understand the root causes of conflict and devise sustainable solutions.

Endorsement

David Phillips has given us timely and important insights into one of the overriding issues of the post-Cold War period—the responsibility of the international community and the United States to act when the world is faced with genocide, crimes against humanity, and ethnic cleansing.

Frank G. Wisner, Special Representative of the U.S. Secretary of State to the Kosovo Final Status Talks

From the Publisher

This diplomatic history both sheds light on events in Kosovo and informs future mediation. It highlights the importance of careful analysis in order to understand the root causes of conflict and devise sustainable solutions.

Martti Ahtisaari, Chairman of the Board of Crisis Management Initiative; former Special Envoy of the UN Secretary-General for the future status process for Kosovo; Novel Peace Prize Laureate 2008

An insightful and riveting account of the policies, process, and players that led Kosovo to independence.

Soren Jessen-Petersen, Professor, School of Advanced International Studies, Johns Hopkins University; former Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General and Administrator in Kosovo

David Phillips has given us timely and important insights into one of the overriding issues of the post-Cold War period—the responsibility of the international community and the United States to act when the world is faced with genocide, crimes against humanity, and ethnic cleansing.

Frank G. Wisner, Special Representative of the U.S. Secretary of State to the Kosovo Final Status Talks

Soren Jessen-Petersen

An insightful and riveting account of the policies, process, and players that led Kosovo to independence.

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