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Legitimacy and Policy in the International Response to the Collapse of Yugoslavia

  • John Williams

Abstract

The crisis precipitated by the collapse of Yugoslavia generated enormous international concern and a range of efforts by external actors to manage the situation. These include the European Community (EC), the Conference on Security and Co-operation in Europe (CSCE), the United Nations (UN) and a number of ad hoc arrangements such as the Badinter Commission on the recognition of new states and a rolling international conference to mediate the conflict.

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United Nations Security Council External Actor Security Policy Liberal Democracy 
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  • John Williams
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  1. 1.University of AberdeenUK

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