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The Kosovo Crisis and the Evolution of a Post-Cold War European SecurityThe Evolution of Post Cold War European Security$
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Martin A. Smith and Paul Latawski

Print publication date: 2003

Print ISBN-13: 9780719059797

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: July 2012

DOI: 10.7228/manchester/9780719059797.001.0001

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(p.170) Conclusion
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The Kosovo Crisis and the Evolution of a Post-Cold War European Security
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Paul Latawski

Martin A. Smith

Publisher:
Manchester University Press
DOI:10.7228/manchester/9780719059797.003.0007

When the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO) undertook military action without an explicit mandate from the United Nations Security Council, it entered a kind of international no-man's land between upholding the sanctity of state sovereignty and that of human life. While NATO members asserted that the humanitarian and strategic imperatives of saving Kosovar Albanian lives and preventing destabilisation in South East Europe drove the action, states such as Russia and China saw the Kosovo conflict as an unacceptable violation of the former Yugoslavia's state sovereignty. NATO's military action best met the description of being an intervention, but this descriptor itself was full of variations, including the one that has been subject to the widest debate: humanitarian intervention. This book has argued that the Kosovo crisis played a smaller and more indirect role in helping initiate the development of the European Union's European Security and Defence Policy than many have assumed. It has also discussed the Atlantic Community, the Euro-Atlantic Area, and Russia's role and place in European security affairs.

Keywords:   North Atlantic Treaty Organisation, Kosovo crisis, former Yugoslavia, state sovereignty, humanitarian intervention, European Union, European Security and Defence Policy, Atlantic Community, Russia, South East Europe

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