Law and Order in an Emerging Democracy

Lessons from the Reconstruction of Kosovo's Police and Justice Systems

Published in: The Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science , v. 605, no. 1, May 2006, p. 152-177

Posted on RAND.org on January 01, 2006

by Jeremy M. Wilson

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Nation-building is an increasingly frequent activity of Western governments and the United Nations, with Kosovo an important recent example. This study examines the reconstruction by the United Nations of Kosovo's internal security infrastructure from 1999 to 2004. It analyzes United Nations and other activities to build democratic police and justice systems. Through a model of security reconstruction, it examines in detail the primary security challenges facing Kosovo, the specific efforts the United Nations made to address these challenges, the ultimate effectiveness of the reconstruction efforts and democracy. It concludes with several lessons for improving the effectiveness of such efforts in the future.

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