Fluid Interventionism and the Politics of Peacebuilding

  • Gëzim Visoka
Part of the Rethinking Peace and Conflict Studies book series (RCS)


The conflict in Kosovo was profoundly about the claims of Kosovo Albanians for independent statehood, and the opposition thereof, by the Serbian government and local Serbs. This chapter argues that the international missions referred to “peacebuilding” to appease Kosovo Serbs, as well as “statebuilding” to appease Kosovo Albanians. In managing this complex interplay of forces, the international community deployed multiple fluid forms of intervention varying from extensive and administrative forms of intervention, to more supervisory and diplomatic forms of intervention. While fluid interventionism entailed failure-driven responses to local resistance, it also manifested itself as a by-product of transitional global order and the growing confrontation with dominant powers.


International Community Security Council International Mission Organise Crime Transitional Justice 
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  • Gëzim Visoka
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  1. 1.School of Law and GovernmentDublin City UniversityDublinIreland

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