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International Governance of War-Torn Territories

Richard Caplan

Published in print January 2005 | ISBN: 9780199263455
Published online July 2005 | e-ISBN: 9780191602726 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0199263450.001.0001

Series: Studies in Strategic Peacebuilding

International Governance of War-Torn Territories

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Since the mid-1990s, the United Nations and other multilateral organizations have been entrusted with exceptional authority for the administration of war-torn and strife-ridden territories. In Bosnia and Herzegovina, Eastern Slavonia, Kosovo, and East Timor, these organizations have assumed responsibility for governance to a degree unprecedented in recent history. These initiatives represent some of the boldest experiments in the management and settlement of intra-state conflict ever attempted by third parties.

This book is a study of recent experiences in the international administration of war-torn territories. Examines the nature of these operations—their mandates, structures, and powers—and distinguishes them from kindred historical and contemporary experiences of peacekeeping, trusteeship, and military occupation. Analyses and assesses the effectiveness of international administrations and discusses, in thematic fashion, the key operational and political challenges that arise in the context of these experiences. Also reflects on the policy implications of these experiences, recommending reforms or new approaches to the challenge posed by localized anarchy in a global context. Argues that despite many of the problems arising from both the design and implementation of international administrations—some of them very serious—international administrations have generally made a positive contribution to the mitigation of conflict in the territories where they have been established.

Keywords: Bosnia and Herzegovina; conflict management; East Timor; Eastern Slavonia; international administration; Kosovo; nation- and state-building; post-conflict reconstruction; transitional administration; United Nations; war-torn territories

Book.  302 pages.  Illustrated.

Subjects: International Relations

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Introduction in International Governance of War-Torn Territories

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Forms of International Administration in International Governance of War-Torn Territories

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Public Order and Internal Security in International Governance of War-Torn Territories

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Refugees and Internally Displaced Persons in International Governance of War-Torn Territories

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Civil Administration in International Governance of War-Torn Territories

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Political Institution-Building in International Governance of War-Torn Territories

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Economic Reconstruction and Development in International Governance of War-Torn Territories

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Planning Operations in International Governance of War-Torn Territories

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The Exercise of Executive Authority in International Governance of War-Torn Territories

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