New Wars on the Balkans - Business as Usual
AbstractThe monopoly over the exercise of violence is the main defining element of states according to the Weberian ideal-type taxonomy. (Weber 1991, in Jung, 78) However, the ability to wield effective control over a fixed territory and to use physical force, extract taxes and operate a system of arbitration has been claimed and successfully attained by other actors. The military conflict in Former Yugoslavia, which raged throughout the 1990s and has serious implications to this day, has often been assessed in humanitarian and traditional International Relations terms. In this paper, I discuss the Balkan conflicts as 'New Wars' which unlike traditional statist military exercise pose a lot more questions and confront one's perceptions of right and wrong.
Download InfoIf you experience problems downloading a file, check if you have the proper application to view it first. In case of further problems read the IDEAS help page. Note that these files are not on the IDEAS site. Please be patient as the files may be large.
Bibliographic InfoPaper provided by University Library of Munich, Germany in its series MPRA Paper with number 4239.
Date of creation: 15 Mar 2005
Date of revision:
New Wars; Balkans; violence; smuggling; conflict;
Other versions of this item:
- F59 - International Economics - - International Relations, National Security, and International Political Economy - - - Other
- F51 - International Economics - - International Relations, National Security, and International Political Economy - - - International Conflicts; Negotiations; Sanctions
You can help add them by filling out this form.
For technical questions regarding this item, or to correct its authors, title, abstract, bibliographic or download information, contact: (Ekkehart Schlicht).
If references are entirely missing, you can add them using this form.