Srđan M. Jovanović – Failures in western conflict prevention in former Yugoslavia: an exception to the rule or its confirmation?
UDK 327.7/.8(497.1)”199” ;
Abstract: The ‘fiasco’ of the international conflict prevention in the Balkans is hardly new. Explanations have been written aplenty, from a more pedestrian direction (blaming the ‘irrational’ Balkans) to the severe criticism of the EU/international community for failing to both understand the situation and to act properly. Identifying three most prominent failures in EU’s intervention in the Yugoslav wars as the NATO bombing of Serbia in 1999, the utter failure of the Dutch peacekeeping force to prevent the genocide in Srebrenica in June 1995, and the (in)direct impact on the Kosovo crisis, an overview of some of the reasons of the failure(s) is given in the article. These three instances have been chosen as the most outstanding and most significant based on two factors: the loss of life (Srebrenica and the NATO bombing) and the sheer length and depth of the geopolitical crisis (the Kosovo issue).
Key words: Yugoslav wars, conflict prevention, EU, international community, the Balkans
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