Learning from Kosovo

FMR 5
August 1999

We are delighted to have our colleague Dr Matthew Gibney as Guest Editor for this issue with its focus on Kosovo. In his introduction ‘Learning from Kosovo’, on page 4, Matthew Gibney discusses the relevance of an issue on Kosovo and introduces the articles that follow. We received so much material on Kosovo that the feature section is longer than usual; in the rest of the issue, you will find  our usual regular features plus one general article – on East Timor – and an extract from a report on sexual and gender-based violence in Tanzania.

Contents

Matthew J Gibney, Guest Editor
Richard Caplan

Do NATO’s actions represent an advance or a setback for international order?

Michael Barutciski

This article argues that, in view of the advances made by previous international attempts to resolve the Kosovo crisis, other means should have been fully explored before resorting to the use of force.

Roberta Cohen and David A Korn

The people most at risk in Kosovo throughout the long emergency were the internally displaced.

Nicholas Morris

In this article, the author discusses how the mass arrival of refugees in Albania and Macedonia challenged every aspect of the international community’s ability to respond.

Toby Porter

This article explores the coordination of the aid effort, the role of NATO and, finally, whether the response to the Kosovo crisis has strengthened or undermined the principles of universality that govern the global provision of humanitarian assistance.

Alice Bloch

This article examines the different reception and support entitlements offered to spontaneous asylum seekers from Kosovo and their UNHCR programme counterparts, plus the operation of the Kosovo reception programme. It also discusses the proposed system of support detailed in the Asylum and Immigration Bill and the implications of the current legislation for asylum seekers to the UK.

Matthew J Gibney

The flight of some 900,000 refugees from Kosovo sparked the revival in Western states of something exceedingly rare: the phenomenon of the popular refugee.

General articles

John G Taylor

For many years Indonesia has experienced substantial movements of population as a direct result of government policies.

An assessment undertaken by IRC (the International Rescue Committee) in Kibondo District, Tanzania, in 1996 indicated that 27 per cent of women between the ages of 12 and 49 had experienced sexual violence since becoming refugees.

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