Alternatives: Turkish Journal of International Relations, Vol.1, No.4, Winter 200230A Story of Mitigated Ambitions: Kosova's Torturous Path to its Postwar FutureIsa Blumi*In many ways, the present situation in Kosova speaks of a dramatic failure on the part of theinternational administration to grasp the local specifics of the last fifteen years of conflict in theBalkans. Even based on its own criteria, the international community’s failure have beenimpossible to avoid. Among the more glaring examples is the more or less complete segregationof Kosova’s population along the very Serb and non-Serb divide sought by Serb nationalistssince the late 1980s. This segregation, along with any number of policies imposed by theinternational community in its administration of Kosova since 1999, has conceded to a kind oflogic that reaffirms xenophobic conceptions that Albanians and Serbs cannot live together,exactly opposite what the administration in Kosova today publicly proclaims.Although much has been written about Kosova during and after the NATO bombingcampaign of 1999, most of the analysis has mirrored that failure to question long-heldgeneralizations of the region. More specifically, authors have neglected the dynamics evolvinginside the country itself, preferring the crude categories and schemas best analyzed by DavidCampbell several years ago.1Part of the problem is that much of the available evidence ofactivities on the ground inside Kosova during NATO intervention has been ignored in favor ofreinforcing more media-friendly types of arguments. The failure of recent analysis of the events
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