The Diplomatic Effort in Kosovo
Carl Tham

Introduction The rise of Slobodan Milosevic in the late 1980s led to the official adoption of an extreme Serbian nationalist agenda in Kosovo. Although the international community was aware of the growing discord within the region, it failed to take sufficient action. It wasn't until the conflict had escalated into full-scale violence that a major diplomatic effort was mobilised. Characterised by confusion and mixed signals, this search for a middle ground culminated in the 1998 Rambouillet Peace Accords. In this lecture, Carl Tham, Co-Chairman of the Kosovo Commission, an initiative of the Swedish Prime Minister, reflects on the choices that were made.

This video recording was taken from a conference on the Final Report of the Independent International Commission on Kosovo, held at the LSE on October 25, 2000. Copyright the London School of Economics and Political Science.