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The Kosovo Report

Independent International Commission on Kosovo

Published in print October 2000 | ISBN: 9780199243099
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191599538 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0199243093.001.0001
The Kosovo Report

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The Kosovo Report is a final product of the work by the Independent International Commission on Kosovo, established to examine key developments prior to, during, and after the Kosovo war, including systematic violations of human rights in the region. The report assesses effectiveness of diplomatic efforts to prevent the war, legality of the NATO bombing campaign against Yugoslavia, and the progress of the United Nations in post‐conflict reconstruction. The Report makes a recommendation for the future status of Kosovo and proposes a new general framework for humanitarian intervention based on principles of legitimacy. It argues that the intervention by the international community in the Kosovo conflict did not so much create a precedent for intervention elsewhere as raise vital question about the legitimacy and practicability of the use of military force to defend human rights. The intervention, the Report concludes, exposed the limitations of the current international law on the balance between the rights of citizens and the rights of states; it demonstrated the difficulties that ensue when even the most sophisticated and professional military forces are deployed to achieve humanitarian goals; and it showed the immense obstacles that lie in the path of creating multi‐ethnic cooperation in societies torn apart by ethnic war.

Keywords: diplomacy; ethnic war; human rights; humanitarian intervention; Independent International Commission; international law; Kosovo; legitimacy; military intervention; reconstruction

Book.  380 pages.  Illustrated.

Subjects: International Relations

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Introduction in The Kosovo Report

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Internal Armed Conflict in The Kosovo Report

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The Diplomatic Dimension in The Kosovo Report

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