Differing Legitimacy

United over Kosovo and Afghanistan, Divided over Iraq
  • Janne Haaland Matlary


In this chapter we ‘test’ the model developed above regarding legitimacy, and how it differs between the USA and the EU. In the EU case, a UN mandate as an expression of international legitimacy is of major importance, reflecting both the validity of international law as well as the constitutive order of institutional multilateralism. In the US case, legitimacy is rooted primarily in domestic politics — in the concept of national security interests as well as in the concept of ethics, of the values served by using force. How do these different conceptions of legitimacy fit with the cases of Kosovo, Afghanistan, and Iraq?


Security Council International Criminal Court Terrorist Group Security Council Resolution Security Sector Reform 
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© Janne Haaland Matlary 2006

Authors and Affiliations

  • Janne Haaland Matlary
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  1. 1.University of OsloNorway

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