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Kosovo: Lessons Learned for International Cooperative Security

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Kurt R. Spillmann and Joachim Krause

The Kosovo crisis of 1999 was one of the most challenging events for cooperative security. Since the end of the Cold War, the European states, the United States and Canada have made progress in devising a new security architecture. However, the wars in the former Yugoslavia seemed to indicate that the new international order was not able to live up to its expectations. For the fourth time in eight years the Yugoslav president Slobodan Milosevic and those political forces he stands for tried to resolve an ethnic problem by means of ethnic cleansing. Unlike in Bosnia-Herzegovina or in Croatia, the Western world reacted with much more determination and resolve. The outcome was an accord that was made in early June 1999 and which has to be seen against the backdrop of a major international crisis. This book critically examines the various efforts to resolve the Kosovo problem by ways of cooperative security. It also deals with the problems that started after the agreement of 9 June 1999. Furthermore, it tries to shed light on the broader regional and international aspects of that crisis.
Contents: Albrecht Schnabel: Political Cooperation in Retrospect: Contact Group, EU, OSCE, NATO, G-8 and UN Working toward a Kosovo Settlement – Domitilla Sagramoso: Why Did Milosevic Give in? Political Cooperation in Retrospect – Lukas Haynes: The Emergency Response of NATO and Humanitarian Agencies – Eric A. Witte: Reconstructing Kosovo: The Ethnic Dimension – Roberta N. Haar: The Kosovo Crisis and its Consequences for a European Security Architecture – Anastasia V. Mitrofanova: The Military Operation in Kosovo and the European Security System: Lessons Unlearned – Johannes Varwick: The Kosovo Crisis and the European Union: The Stability Pact and its Consequences for EU Enlargement – Andrew B. Denison: The United States and the Lessons of the Kosovo Campaign – Ekaterina Stepanova: Russia’s Policy on the Kosovo Crisis: The Limits of «Cooperative Peacemaking».