Henry H. Perritt, Jr., Professor of Law and former Dean of Chicago Kent College of Law, and author of a forthcoming book about the Kosovo Liberation Army, and Kai Sauer, Senior Political Adviser to Martti Ahtisaari, the Special Envoy of the UN Secretary General for the Future Status Process for Kosovo, are co-authoring a book about the final status process for Kosovo. They have been encouraged in this endeavor by President Ahtisaari, who has promised full cooperation.
The book provides the inside story of the best-orchestrated
diplomatic initiative of the early 21st century: the process for
determining the future status for Kosovo, a former province within
The final status negotiations were aimed at putting to rest
the conflict that had erupted in 1998 between Slobodan Milosevic’s forces and a
guerrilla insurgency known as the Kosovo Liberation Army. Some 800,000 Kosovo
residents were expelled from their homes and NATO fought its first war. The
hope was that the status negotiations could make the 1998-1999 conflict the
last war over the breakup of
The negotiations provided an opportunity to prove that UN-sponsored
processes could still be relevant after the UN was sidelined in the runup to the Second Iraq War. They offered a way for the
Martti Ahtisaari was in charge of pursuing all these opportunities. The account of how he pursued them involves strong-willed characters with idiosyncrasies, insecurities, personal hatreds and friendships; competing plots; and more than enough conflict to go around. It shows how Ahtisaari dealt with hidden agendas, historic geopolitical concerns and distorted perceptions of what was likely to happen if the negotiations failed.
The story shows how diplomacy, shepherded by the techniques and diplomatic experience gained by the leader of a smaller country, honed in earlier successes in Namibia, Northern Ireland and Aceh, not backed up by great unilateral military power or economic leverage, can blaze a trail toward self-determination and democratization.
The book should appeal to anyone interested in foreign
affairs, and the future ability of the international community to provide
coherent solutions to deep-seated problems that otherwise spill over into wars
and other threats to international peace and security. It should appeal to
anyone interested in the options available to the
Written even as the “end game” of the final-status negotiations is being played, the book will be released just as the final Kosovo decisions are made by the key players, and the first steps are taken toward implementing the decisions.
Henry H. Perritt, Jr.
Professor of Law
Chicago-Kent College of Law
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