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I. Introduction: Aim, Method And Structure

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This introductory chapter provides a brief overview of the book Peace Lost: The Failure of Conflict Prevention in Kosovo and its chapters. It is a tired cliché to describe Kosovo as ?the powder-keg of the Balkans?. The book investigates the international response to the evolving conflict in Kosovo from its inception in 1987 to the outbreak of armed conflict involving NATO in March 1999. It considers whether alternative means of conflict prevention could have been employed by the European Union and its member states and by other actors throughout this 12-year period. It also seeks to establish why such alternatives, if they existed, were not considered and, if considered, why they were not then adopted. The book adopts the methodology for the analysis of conflict and conflict prevention developed by the Council of the European Union in its definition of Causes of Violent Conflict of November 1998.

Keywords: conflict prevention; European Union; Kosovo; NATO



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