From autonomy to independence: the evolution of international thinking on Kosovo, 1998–2005

  title={From autonomy to independence: the evolution of international thinking on Kosovo, 1998–2005},
  author={James Ker-Lindsay},
  journal={Journal of Balkan and Near Eastern Studies},
  pages={141 - 156}
  • James Ker-Lindsay
  • Published 1 June 2009
  • Political Science
  • Journal of Balkan and Near Eastern Studies
When Kosovo declared independence, in February 2008, it was quickly recognized by the USA and by most of the European Union (EU). However, just 10 years earlier, these states had taken a very different view on the question of statehood for the province. In 1998, when the conflict first came to international attention, the prevailing opinion of the international community was that Kosovo did not merit independence alongside the republics of former Yugoslavia. Indeed, in the media it was often… 

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