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Operation Allied Force: handmaiden of independent Kosovo

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This article challenges the historical amnesia surrounding the whirlwind of international recognition of the state of Kosovo. It explores three theses concerning the role of international intervention and local politics in state formation. First, the article contends that Kosovar Albanians were ‘backed into’ the independent state option. Second, it makes a distinction between ‘parallel states’ and ‘parallel societies’, and explores the inadequacy of the thesis that, in the case of Kosovo, a parallel entity was waiting in the wings, prepared to step up and assume the mantle of a fully operational independent state. Third, it argues that Operation Allied Force was central to the eventual recognition of the independent State of Kosovo.
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Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: Professor and Co-Director of the MA program in Ethics, Peace and Global Affairs at American University, Washington DC.

Publication date: May 1, 2009

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