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Kosovo - a ''Humanitarian Intervention'': A case study about Kosovo and Nato's intervention on 24 March, 1999
Linnaeus University, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, School of Social Sciences.
2012 (English)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

This essay is a type of case study, it examines if intervention in Kosovo were in accordance with humanitarian intervention criteria. This study gives an understanding that intervention may sometime worsen condition for the people it wants to rescue, and that inability to address humanitarian intervention prevails in diffuse victory.

The purpose of this essay is to examine the Kosovo conflict and the approach of humanitarian intervention in 24 March, 1999.  The approach made by NATO was seen as a new international phenomenon that sought to protect values of human rights. The results of this study pose doubt to this notion; it reflects that the intervention rested not only on humanitarian grounds. The most important aspect of humanitarian intervention is promoting security for the people it wants to rescue. The results shows that NATO’s intervention in short term failed to provide security; it is shown that the air campaign had little impact at the beginning prevailing only after much damage and suffering has been done.

The result also shows that failure to adopt the issue of Kosovo more adequately at an earlier stage on the international agenda resulted in the ''welfare'' of NATO's intervention. Despite the consequences of NATO’s action, situation prevailed for the better outcome for the Kosovar-Albanian people than what might have been has intervention been absent. FRY: s deliberative plan of expelling the Kosovo-Albanian to the last one would have been finalized if intervention would have been absent.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2012. , 39 p.
Keyword [en]
Kosovo, Humanitarian Intervention, Responsibility to Protect, NATO
National Category
Political Science
URN: urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-23725OAI: diva2:600343
Subject / course
Political Science
Educational program
Europena Studies Programme, 180 credits
2013-01-22, K2042, Universitetsplatsen 1, VÄXJÖ, 13:00 (Swedish)
Social and Behavioural Science, Law
Available from: 2013-02-04 Created: 2013-01-24 Last updated: 2013-02-04Bibliographically approved

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