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Improving International Peacebuilding Efforts: The Example of Human Rights Culture in Kosovo

Improving International Peacebuilding Efforts: The Example of Human Rights Culture in Kosovo Global Governance 10 (2004), 333–351 Improving International Peacebuilding Efforts: The Example of Human Rights Culture in Kosovo Julie Mertus osovo today is a house of cards. One false move and the house will fall down. Should the international troops—in particular the KU.S. and British troops—pull out of Kosovo, it will collapse into The international security presence in Kosovo has communal violence. generally succeeded in preventing the outbreak of another violent armed conflict but has accomplished little else beyond that. This is not sur- prising. Militaries can help prevent war, but they alone cannot build a The cessation of hostilities through the use of mili- sustainable peace. tary force does not, in and of itself, resolve the strategic dilemmas, structural imbalances, and open wounds of unaddressed abuses and interpersonal hostilities. As David Lake and Donald Rothschild stress in their exhaustive study of ethnic conflict, a “stable peace can arise only as effective institutions of government are reestablished, the state begins again to mediate between distrustful ethnic groups, and the par- ties slowly gain confidence in the safeguards contained in the new eth- Peacebuilding requires the efforts of a host of civilian nic contracts.” actors focused on institution building, interpersonal reconciliation, http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Global Governance: A Review of Multilateralism and International Organizations Brill

Improving International Peacebuilding Efforts: The Example of Human Rights Culture in Kosovo

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Brill
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Copyright © Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, The Netherlands
ISSN
1075-2846
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1942-6720
DOI
10.1163/19426720-01003006
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Abstract

Global Governance 10 (2004), 333–351 Improving International Peacebuilding Efforts: The Example of Human Rights Culture in Kosovo Julie Mertus osovo today is a house of cards. One false move and the house will fall down. Should the international troops—in particular the KU.S. and British troops—pull out of Kosovo, it will collapse into The international security presence in Kosovo has communal violence. generally succeeded in preventing the outbreak of another violent armed conflict but has accomplished little else beyond that. This is not sur- prising. Militaries can help prevent war, but they alone cannot build a The cessation of hostilities through the use of mili- sustainable peace. tary force does not, in and of itself, resolve the strategic dilemmas, structural imbalances, and open wounds of unaddressed abuses and interpersonal hostilities. As David Lake and Donald Rothschild stress in their exhaustive study of ethnic conflict, a “stable peace can arise only as effective institutions of government are reestablished, the state begins again to mediate between distrustful ethnic groups, and the par- ties slowly gain confidence in the safeguards contained in the new eth- Peacebuilding requires the efforts of a host of civilian nic contracts.” actors focused on institution building, interpersonal reconciliation,

Journal

Global Governance: A Review of Multilateralism and International OrganizationsBrill

Published: Aug 3, 2004

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