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Author: Mary Venner

The reconstruction of Kosovo after 1999 was one of the largest and most ambitious international interventions in a post conflict country. Kosovo was seen by many international actors as a ‘green fields’ site on which to construct the government institutions and practices they considered necessary for future peace and prosperity. For a while Kosovo was close to being a laboratory for the practice of institution building and capacity development. This book looks beyond the apparently united and generally self congratulatory statements of international organisations and donors to examine what actually happened when they tried to work together in Kosovo to construct a new public administration. It considers the interests and motivations and the strengths and weaknesses of each of the major players and how these affected what they did, how they did it, and how successful they were in achieving their goals. Although in general the international exercise in Kosovo can be seen as a success, the results have been uneven. Some public administration institutions perform well while others face ongoing challenges. The book argues that to a significant extent the current day performance of the Kosovo government can be traced to the steps taken, or sometimes not taken, by various international actors in the early years of the international intervention.

How Can Humanitarian Analysis, Early Warning and Response Be Improved?
Aditya Sarkar, Benjamin J. Spatz, Alex de Waal, Christopher Newton, and Daniel Maxwell

that keeps a country vulnerable to humanitarian crisis, by continuing to stymie the provision of public goods or perpetuating exploitative political economies. For example, in the Sudanese case peace agreements have led to the extension of agrarian capitalism into areas of smallholder farming ( Gallopin et al. , 2021 ); in Syria it is leading post-conflict reconstruction contracts that undermine livelihoods ( Kanfash, 2021 ). Another feature to

Journal of Humanitarian Affairs
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Mary Venner

protect their rights, meant that civil servants soon learned that their interests were best served by aligning themselves with political powerbrokers, reinforcing tendencies to inefficiency and corruption. 11 Kosovo’s lessons Most analyses of post-conflict reconstruction exercises end with a list of ‘lessons learned’. In many cases these are fairly

in Donors, technical assistance and public administration in Kosovo
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Mary Venner

In June 1999, the United Nations, together with a large number of other international bodies, bilateral aid donors and non-governmental organisations (NGOs), embarked on a major programme of post-conflict reconstruction in the small, former Yugoslav province of Kosovo. To end the conflict between the ethnic Albanian population and the Yugoslav Government, an international

in Donors, technical assistance and public administration in Kosovo
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Sabine Lee

appear marginal to the issue of CBOW to consider the impact of the Rwandan genocide and the post-genocide tribunals on the development of international law, but as will become clear, these legal developments were based on a clear conviction that post-conflict reconstruction and transitional justice had to address the underlying (gendered) circumstances. Those circumstances had not only allowed the genocidal nature of the conflicts to develop, 192 CBOW in the twentieth century but would also – if unaddressed – be likely to perpetuate the ethnic division. These

in Children born of war in the twentieth century
An analysis of post-2006 Timor-Leste
Sarah Smith

4 Gendered identities in peacebuilding: an analysis of post-2006 Timor-Leste Sarah Smith Introduction The adoption of United Nations (UN) Security Council Resolution 1325 on Women, Peace and Security in 2000 was a landmark in affirming the important role of women in peace and security, as well as purporting the necessity of a ‘gender perspective’ throughout peace processes, peace operations and in post-conflict reconstruction. While it has been much praised, a number of problems have been identified by scholars and practitioners alike (Coomaraswamy 2015; Kirby

in The politics of identity
Place, space and discourse
Editors: Christine Agius and Dean Keep

Identity is often regarded as something that is possessed by individuals, states, and other agents. In this edited collection, identity is explored across a range of approaches and under-explored case studies with a view to making visible its fractured, contingent, and dynamic features. The book brings together themes of belonging and exclusion, identity formation and fragmentation. It also examines how identity functions in discourse, and the effects it produces, both materially and in ideational terms. Taking in case studies from Asia-Pacific, Europe, the Middle East and Latin America, the various chapters interrogate identity through formal governing mechanisms, popular culture and place. These studies demonstrate the complex and fluid nature of identity and identity practices, as well as implications for theorising identity.

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Sandra Buchanan

numerous weaknesses associated with the Peace programmes, for example their complexity, excessive bureaucracy, sustainability issues and low uptake from the Protestant community. On an international level this was starkly illustrated by the chaos which afflicted post-conflict Iraq, whereby the US and UK governments made next to no plans for the post-conflict reconstruction of the country when planning their

in Transforming conflict through social and economic development
Stephen Emerson and Hussein Solomon

intervene in a member state in instances of grave circumstances or threats to regional security.22 What is of particular interest is the decision to establish the continent’s first continent-wide, regional, collective security system, the AUPSC. It was agreed at the Addis Ababa Summit in July 2002 to establish the AUPSC, intended as “an operations structure for the effective implementations of the decisions taken in the areas of conflict prevention, peace-making, peace support operations and intervention, as well as peace-building and post-conflict reconstruction.”23

in African security in the twenty-first century
Elena Atanassova-Cornelis

strategies and post-conflict reconstruction, and is part of the overall framework of Brussels’s comprehensive foreign policy that relies on diverse diplomatic and defence instruments (Reiterer, 2015). As the Council’s Guidelines on the EU's Foreign and Security Policy in East Asia updated in 2012 points out, Europe is expected to expand its contribution to Asian-Pacific stability primarily by means of non-military security co-operation, support for regional integration and promotion of democratic values and the rule of law (Council of the European Union, 2012). As

in The European Union in the Asia-Pacific