Pivotal Deterrence and the Kosovo War: Why the Holbrooke Agreement Failed

  title={Pivotal Deterrence and the Kosovo War: Why the Holbrooke Agreement Failed},
  author={T. Crawford},
  journal={Political Science Quarterly},
  • T. Crawford
  • Published 2001
  • Political Science
  • Political Science Quarterly
  • Debate rages over whether the North Atlantic Treaty Organization's (NATO) air war against Serbia was a success or failure.1 But one thing is certain: that war resulted from a prior failure of NATO policy. The goal was to prevent the escalation of conflict and to achieve a political settlement that got "Serbia out of Kosovo, not Kosovo out of Serbia," without having to use force.2 As intended, the Kosovo Liberation Army's (KLA) insurgency in Kosovo had provoked Belgrade's ham-fisted repression… CONTINUE READING
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