Regions / Kosovo
In FPIF's strategic dialogue on Yugoslavia, Ed Herman and John Feffer debate different interpretations of the conflict that occurred in the region 10 years ago.
Like a bad cold that won't go away, the Kosovo question continues to plague international diplomacy long after it was expected that it would be resolved.
As in 1989, it was not the military prowess of the western alliance bringing freedom to an Eastern European country, but the power of nonviolent action by the subjugated peoples themselves.
Western powers appeared to be ill-prepared for the outbreak of hostilities when Slovenia and Croatia declared their independence on June 25, 1991.
Washington's support of the establishment of a credible coalition government -- including political leaders of all the various ethnic communities -- would represent a clear signal that the U.S. is sincerely interested in establishing a multiethnic Kosovo.