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International administration is thus a flexible instrument, used for very different purposes, from the settlement of territorial disputes, the transition towards independence in the decolonisation context, to the recent cases of post-conflict peace-building. The post-conflict scenario in which these recent missions need to be situated is thus paramount, not only because of the need to situate them in the evolution of peace-building missions, but also in terms of applicable legal framework. The post-conflict context equally shows that the cases of Kosovo and East Timor bear many resemblances with the operations in Afganistan and Iraq, although the level of internationalisation of the interim or transitional structures was of course very different. The question of ownership needs to be divided into the end of international administration and the need to consult local actors. Local ownership is indeed the ultimate target of post-conflict reconstruction, i.e. the full transfer of authority to national institutions.

Keywords: Afganistan; East Timor; international administration; Kosovo; legal framework; Local ownership; peace-building missions; Post-conflict Reconstruction

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