Early Warning and "Ethnie" Confliet Management: Rwanda and Kosovo

Howard Adelman

Abstract


The author examines the way in which
past conflicts shape the responses to current
crises. In examining the facts of the
Rwandan case compared with what is
known of the Kosovo crisis, he identifies
a number of similarities shared in both
contexts. However, these first order similarities
prove to be outweighed by the
differences in the capacity for control
possessed by Milosevic, the ethnic and
demographic composition of the communities
in the conflict, and military capabilities.
Importantly, levels of public
support for action were higher in the case
of Kosovo, as were the steps taken by the
international community in the leadup
to the bombing.

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