Michael F. Harsch

in The Power of Dependence

Published in print January 2015 | ISBN: 9780198722311
Published online April 2015 | e-ISBN: 9780191789137 | DOI:

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This chapter investigates the stark variation in cooperation between NATO and the UN on the issue of Kosovo from 1998 to 2008. It begins with a brief overview of the Kosovo crisis’s roots and NATO and the UN’s initial response to it. It then explores NATO members’ motives for bypassing the Security Council and for minimal interorganizational cooperation during the Kosovo air campaign. A second section investigates the origins of the June 1999 Security Council decision to authorize a joint NATO–UN presence in postwar Kosovo. A third section reviews interactions between the NATO-led Kosovo Force (KFOR) and the UN Interim Administration Mission in Kosovo (UNMIK) from June 1999 to March 2004. The final section examines both sides’ intensified cooperation efforts in the period following the March 2004 riots and Kosovo’s independence in February 2008. The analysis suggests that the level of cooperation depended on the organizations’ resource dependence perceptions.

Keywords: interorganizational cooperation; Kosovo War; North Atlantic Treaty Organization; Kosovo Force; resource dependence; United Nations Interim Administration Mission in Kosovo

Chapter.  20392 words. 

Subjects: International Relations

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