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Lessons from Kosovo 20 years on

4:30pm - 7:00pm / Thursday 21st March 2019 / Venue: Lecture Theatre C Central Teaching Hub
Type: Symposium / Category: Department / Series: Europe and the World Centre
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Europe and the World Centre Roundtable 2019
International Intervention 2.0? Lessons from Kosovo 20 years on
NATO’s decision to intervene militarily in the unfolding civil conflict in Kosovo on 24th March 1999, had intended and unintended consequences.

This intervention has, in many ways, been argued to have set a precedent, one of multiple unintended consequences.

Russia used the Kosovo case to justify its military interventions in the Georgian provinces of South Ossetia and Abkhazia and the debates surrounding the Responsibility to Protect (R2P) have actively drawn on the example of Kosovo. For Kosovo itself, the intervention meant international administration by the UN, limited and still contested statehood.

This lecture and following roundtable, comprised of international, regional, and local experts, discusses the relevance of Kosovo as a legal and political precedent for international interventions, the impact the intervention has had on the Western Balkans, and of course on Kosovo itself.

Keynote speaker: Prof Dominik Zaum - University of Reading

Roundtable experts: Prof Erika Harris, Mr Mate Subasic, Dr Birte Gippert – University of Liverpool

The event will be followed by a wine reception for all.