By Steffen Eckhard
Contemporary Kosovo is a post-conflict society. As such, most of the country’s current problems - be they economic, social, or political in nature – can be traced back to the Serb-Albanian conflict that arose during the collapse of the Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia in the 1980s. It eventually erupted into the Kosovo war in the late 1990s before the NATO- led military intervention in 1999 compelled the Serbian army and administration to retreat from the territory. In 1999, as a medium-term solution to the emerging vacuum of governance, the United Nations Security Council deployed a transitional administration mission to Kosovo (UNMIK) in order to install “provisional democratic self-governing institutions to ensure conditions for a peaceful and normal life for all inhabitants of Kosovo” (S/ RES/1244: para. 10).
This article by Steffen Eckhard was originally published in Amsterdam Social Science Volume 3 Issue 1(2009). Click here for the complete article.
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