• Shinasi A. Rama


In the introduction, I lay out the puzzle of the failure of the nation-building in Kosova. Why would the international administration succeed in peace-building and state-building but fail in nation-building? I review the literature on the nation-building. I argue that there is much confusion at the conceptual level. To better understand the effort of nation-building, and seeking to fill an important gap in the debates on the nation, the introduction offers a theory of nation-formation based on the concept of security synthesis. The core assumption of this book is that the search for comprehensive security leads to the inevitable clash of existential entities that compete for territory, resources, and status. I also offer an overview of the case study and the structure of the book.

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  • Shinasi A. Rama
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  1. 1.International Relations ProgramNew York UniversityNew YorkUSA

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