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Kosovo, self-determination and the international order

Economides, Spyros (2013) Kosovo, self-determination and the international order. Europe-Asia Studies, 65 (5). pp. 823-836. ISSN 0966-8136

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Identification Number: 10.1080/09668136.2013.802130


Yugoslavia's wars provide a rich example of the range of challenges posed to international stability and fundamental principles of international relations since 1989. Within this context, Kosovo's independence has now become a cause celebre of the use of the principle of self-determination in state-creation. In addition, the case of Kosovo is an important development in the practice of humanitarian intervention and by implication the evolution of the concept of the Responsibility to Protect. To better understand the effects of Kosovar claims to self-determination on international order, a clearer understanding is required of the factors shaping that order and how self-determination (as it emerges from the road to Kosovo's independence) relates to those factors. The issue of ‘self-determination after Kosovo’, is placed here into both the context of Yugoslavia's collapse and a number of broader key features which could be said to have played a dominant role in shaping international order post-1989.

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Additional Information: © 2013 University of Glasgow
Divisions: European Institute
International Relations
Subjects: D History General and Old World > DR Balkan Peninsula
J Political Science > JZ International relations
Date Deposited: 03 Jul 2013 14:06
Last Modified: 04 Apr 2024 19:00

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