Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs

Kennedy: Kosova-Libya Parallels Run Deep

April 4, 2011

Kosova and Libya are juxtaposed nowadays in suggesting what humanitarian intervention can do, Institute Director Michael Kennedy noted in a recent essay on jadaliyya.com. And in that context, “it’s not just a question of the strike, it’s the follow through that should be of concern as well,” he wrote, pointing out that Kosova remains under the jurisdiction of international agencies more than 10  years after NATO bombed Serbia and its forces to defend Kosovars from genocide.

And still Kosova’s democracy suffers, he wrote, upon his return from Pristina last week.

“We need also to ask how sustainable democratic institutions can be built after war if NATO bombs are part of the political landscape,” he concluded.