NATO intervention in Kosovo marked a major turning point in post Cold War international relations. While western commentators argued that it was the first war to be fought on purely moral grounds, Serbian, Russian and Chinese assessments were sharply different. Contributors to Kosovo present 12 case-studies, ranging from Serbia, and the other former Yugoslav republics, to the USA and China. These Detailed regional studies highlight the considerable variation in the key states' perceptions of their national interest and of what constitutes legality or legitimacy. Each case explores domestic constraints, and the ways in which differing perspectives of political and military leadership fed into the crisis. Further thematic chapters determine the war's consequences and the lessons to be drawn in terms of the wider issues of refugees, humanitarian intervention, European security, and geopolitics.
Table of Contents
War in Kosovo - history, development and aftermath, Roland Dannreuther; the Kingdom of God or the Kingdom of Ends - Kosovo in Serbian perception, Sabrina P. Ramet; perceptions in the former Yugoslav republics, Gabriel Partos; American perceptions, Robert Singh; British perceptions, Michael Clarke; French perceptions, Richard McAllister; German perceptions, Adrian Hyde-Price; Italian perceptions, Martin Clark; perceptions in Central and Southeastern Europe, Rick Fawn; Russian perceptions, Mary Buckley; perceptions in the CIS, Sally N. Cummings; Chinese perceptions, Michael Yahuda; perceptions in the Middle East, Roland Dannreuther; European security post-Kosovo, Joanne Wright; Kosovo - geopolitics, geostrategy and geoeconomics, John Erickson; perceptions of Kosovo's "refugees", Joanne van Selm; the concept of humanitarian intervention revisited, James Mayall.