Understanding the War in Kosovo
Edited by Florian Bieber, Zidas Daskalovski
Routledge – 2003 – 368 pages
The war in Kosovo has been a defining moment in post-Cold War Europe. Kosovo has great importance beyond the Balkans as the most ambitious attempt of the international community to prevent internal conflicts and rebuild a society destroyed by war and ethnic cleansing. As the danger of ethnic conflict prevails in the region and elsewhere around the world, the experience of Kosovo offers important lessons.
This is a comprehensive survey of developments in Kosovo leading up to, during and after the war in 1999, providing additionally the international and regional framework to the conflict. It examines the underlying causes of the war, the attempts by the international community to intervene, and the war itself in spring 1999. It critically examines the international administration in Kosovo since June 1999 and contextualizes it within the relations of Kosovo to its neighbours and as part of the larger European strategy in Southeastern Europe with the stability pact. It does not seek to promote one interpretation of the conflict and its aftermath, but brings together a range of intellectual arguments from some sixteen researchers from the Balkans, the rest of Europe and North America.
'With its unique focus, this book constitutes an important milestone in a large academic debate. With its 350 pages this rich collection provides many valuable perspectives, yet, it also raises some questions.'
- Nationalities Papers, Vol 32, No. 2
'With its multi-disciplinary character this book is a valuable source for scholars, policy-makers, and journalists who want to make feasible arguments and informed policy choices related to the region.'
- Maria Koinova, Harvard University
1. Claims to Kosovo 2. Kosovo or Kosova 3. Ethnic Prejudices and Discrimination 4. The Limits of Non Military International Intervention 5. Rambouillet 6. When Doves Support War and Hawks Oppose It 7. The Theory of Humanitarian Intervention 8. War on Kosovo 9. Religion in Kosovo and the Balkans 10. The UN in Kosovo 11. Ethnic Borders to a Democratic Society 12. The EU Intervention 13. Questioning Reconstruction v Regional Perspectives for an Independent Kosovo 14. Kosovo Independence and Macedonian Stability 15. Serbia after the Kosovo War
Florian Bieber, is Senior Non-Resident Research Fellow at the European Center for Minority Issues, in Belgrade and has edited many publications in the field of ethnic conflict.
Zidas Daskalovski is currently posted at the Central European University in Budapest and is Chief Researcher for Minority Information Service, Macedonian NGO dealing with minority issues