unrooted. Although governmental discourses about
Europeansecurity continue to methodically mobilise the assumptions,
codes and procedures that enforce our understanding of humanity as
subdivided in territorially defined statal spaces as their primary and
natural habitat, it is becoming obvious that such efforts to classify,
organise and frame Europe’s collective consciousness along these
In the story of post-Cold War conceptual confusion, the war in and over Kosovo stands out as a particularly interesting episode. This book provides new and stimulating perspectives on how Kosovo has shaped the new Europe. It breaks down traditional assumptions in the field of security studies by sidelining the theoretical worldview that underlies mainstream strategic thinking on recent events in Kosovo. The book offers a conceptual overview of the Kosovo debate, placing these events in the context of globalisation, European integration and the discourse of modernity and its aftermath. It then examines Kosovo's impact on the idea of war. One of the great paradoxes of the war in Kosovo was that it was not just one campaign but two: there was the ethnic cleansing campaign in Kosovo and the allied bombing campaign against targets in Kosovo and all over Serbia. Serbia's killing of Kosovo has set the parameters of the Balkanisation-integration nexus, offering 'Europe' (and the West in general) a unique opportunity to suggest itself as the strong centre that keeps the margins from running away. Next, it investigates 'Kosovo' as a product of the decay of modern institutions and discourses like sovereignty, statehood, the warring state or the United Nations system. 'Kosovo' has introduced new overtones into the European Weltanschauung and the ways in which 'Europe' asserts itself as an independent power discourse in a globalising world: increasingly diffident, looking for firm foundations in the conceptual void of the turn of the century.
The conflict in Kosovo represents a significant watershed in post-Cold War international security. Interpreting its political and operational significance should reveal important clues for understanding international security in the new millennium. This text analyses the international response to the crisis in Kosovo and its broader implications, by examining its diplomatic, military and humanitarian features. Despite the widely held perception that the conflict in Kosovo has implications for international security, unravelling them can be challenging, as it remains an event replete with paradoxes. There are many such paradoxes. The North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO) entered into the conflict ostensibly to head off a humanitarian catastrophe, only to accelerate the catastrophe by engaging in a bombing campaign; the political aims of all the major players contradicted the military means chosen by them in the conflict. The Russian role in the diplomatic efforts demonstrated that NATO did not want Russia to be involved but in the end needed its involvement. Russia opposed the bombing campaign but ultimately did not have enough power or influence to rise above a role as NATO's messenger; the doctrinal hurdles to achieving ‘immaculate coercion’ by use of air power alone seemed to tumble in the face of apparent success; it is ultimately unclear how or why NATO succeeded.
Sergei Medvedev and Peter van
Ham Preface: Kosovo and the
outlines of Europe’s new order Introduction: ‘Brother,
can you spare a paradigm?’ Twelve years after the fall of the Berlin Wall, talk
about the end of the Cold War continues to haunt the professional discourse
on Europeansecurity. The seemingly innocent reference to the post-Cold War
era has turned into an almost standard opening line of most writings
This substantially updated and revised edition offers a comprehensive overview of the challenges confronting the political system as well as the international politics of the European Union. It draws from a spectrum of regional integration theories to determine what the Union actually is and how it is developing, examining the constitutional politics of the European Union, from the Single European Act to the Treaty of Nice and beyond. The ongoing debate on the future of Europe links together the questions of democracy and legitimacy, competences and rights, and the prospects for European polity-building. The aim is to contribute to a better understanding of the emerging European polity and the questions that further treaty reform generates for the future of the regional system. The authors also assess the evolving European security architecture; the limits and possibilities of a genuine European foreign, security and defence policy; and the role of the EU in the post-Cold War international system. Common themes involve debates about stability and instability, continuity and change, multipolarity and leadership, co-operation and discord, power capabilities and patterns of behaviour. The book traces the defining features of the ‘new order’ in Europe and incorporates an analysis of the post-September 11th context.
Dimitris N. Chryssochoou, Michael J. Tsinisizelis, Stelios Stavridis, and Kostas Ifantis
Institutional imperatives of system change
The evolving Europeansecurity architecture
The European landscape is changing rapidly, not least owing to a series of
decisions taken in the second half of the 1990s. In June 1996, NATO’s foreign
ministers decided to adopt ESDI ‘within the Alliance’ and to develop the CJTF
concept. In May 1997, NATO and Russia agreed to establish a Joint Permanent
Council. In June 1997, EU leaders reached agreement on the AMT. In July 1997
in Madrid, NATO agreed on the admission of three new members (Poland, Hungary and
the post-Cold War Europeansecurity landscape.
precedent’: new wars, new interventions?
When NATO undertook armed action
without an explicit mandate from the UNSC, it entered a kind of
international no-man’s land between upholding the sanctity of state
sovereignty and that of human life. While NATO members asserted that the
humanitarian and strategic imperatives of saving Kosovar Albanian lives
dispute between Gazprom and Naftogaz Ukraini, which both lasted longer
than the 2006 dispute and had a more substantial effect on gas supplies
to members of the EU.
Altogether, as one Western writer suggested, a
‘sense of crisis’ pervaded wider Europeansecurity. This
drew on both ‘concrete realities and from differing
perceptions’. The concrete developments included the uncertainty
the western system of security governance into Eurasia delegitimise it? Will
the heterogeneity of the states occupying the geopolitical space of ‘Eurasia’
push all states towards a renewed embrace of the sovereignty norm and the
system of alliances it inevitably engenders?
These questions are important because the evolution of international
politics in Eurasia is not peripheral to Europeansecurity and is central to the
successful expansion of the Atlantic security community into eastern
Europe, including the Russian Federation. The postwar security order
this evolution: the EuropeanSecurity and
Defence Policy (ESDP); and the emergence of a neo-conservative strand
in US foreign policy thinking.
Eﬀorts at emboldening the EU’s Common Foreign and Security Policy with a military dimension had been largely ineﬀectual until the end
of the 1990s, when the project was given a greater impetus by the war
in Kosovo together with a renewed Franco-British commitment to the
project. The events of 1999 compelled EU member states to create a
viable military component to empower their collective external role and
voice in the world