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The Day AfterWhy America Wins the War but Loses the Peace$
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Brendan Gallagher

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9781501739620

Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: January 2020

DOI: 10.7591/cornell/9781501739620.001.0001

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Not Perfect, but Tolerable

(p.35) 1 Kosovo
The Day After

Brendan R. Gallagher

Cornell University Press

This chapter explores how Kosovo planning took shape from August 1998 through June 1999, how we performed the three postwar planning tasks, and finally, why we were able to tackle these tasks reasonably well. Of the four cases in this book, Kosovo is the only one that could arguably be called a partial success, and it shows how the U.S. can in fact get postwar planning mostly “right.” Motivated by tough lessons learned in nation-building, the Clinton administration undertook rigorous planning for Kosovo’s difficult postwar landscape. This chapter describes how the Clinton team resisted the allure of self-delusion, and crafted a realistic plan that acknowledged the difficulties ahead.

Keywords:   Kosovo, Bill Clinton, Madeleine Albright, Slobodan Milosevic, Serbia, NATO, KFOR, UNMIK, ethnic violence

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