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From a 'terrorist' group to a 'civil defence' corps: the 'transformation' of the Kosovo Liberation Army

Özerdem, A. (2003) From a 'terrorist' group to a 'civil defence' corps: the 'transformation' of the Kosovo Liberation Army. International Peacekeeping, 10 (3). pp. 79-101. ISSN 1353-3312

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The Kosovo Liberation Army, which was regarded as a 'terrorist' group in the early 1990s, has now been 'transformed' into the Kosovo Protection Corps (KPC) with the primary objective of protecting this war-torn province against 'natural' disasters. The creation of a 'civilian', uniformed and 'multi-ethnic' corps is a unique experience for the international community as it has been undertaken by a United Nations interim administration within the sovereignty of a state-the now defunct Federal Republic of Yugoslavia-that had no input during the planning or implementation of this transformation process. In fact, if it ends up comprising the core of a future Kosovar army, as its members hope it will, the KPC is likely to pose a direct threat to the sovereignty of Serbia and Montenegro over Kosovo. This article explores the KPC transformation experience with a security sector reform perspective, focusing on institutional, political, financial and security aspects in order to identify lessons that can inform similar processes elsewhere.

Item Type: Article
Institution: The University of York
Academic Units: The University of York > Politics (York)
Depositing User: York RAE Import
Date Deposited: 04 Aug 2009 17:29
Last Modified: 04 Aug 2009 17:29
Published Version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/13533310308559337
Status: Published
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Identification Number: 10.1080/13533310308559337
URI: http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/id/eprint/6414

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