International Intervention and its Aftermath

Kosovo and East Timor
  • Richard Caplan


The end of the twentieth century has witnessed one of the boldest experiments in the management and settlement of intra-state conflict: the United Nations administration of war-torn territories.1 First in Kosovo and then in East Timor, the UN has assumed responsibility for the governance of conflict-ridden territories to a degree unprecedented for the world organisation. No peacekeeping or state-building operation in the history of the UN has ever been vested with as much executive, legislative, and judicial authority as the United Nations Interim Administration Mission in Kosovo (UNMIK) and the United Nations Transitional Administration in East Timor (UNTAET). An idea that once enjoyed limited academic currency at best—international trusteeship for failed states and contested territories—has become a reality in all but name.2


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