This week we shall be looking at the role of The UN and The EU in The Yugoslav Civil War.
We shall attempt to come to a conclusion as to whether these interventions were successful in securing peace in the shortest time and with the minimum of lives lost.
The UN deployed numerous UN Forces during the conflict in an alphabetical soup of initials:
UNPROFOR, IFOR, SFOR, KFOR, EUFOR, and various re-organisations along the way.
We shall also take a look at peace-making efforts by The EU, and in particular we shall examine David Owen's account of his role, as an EU Negotiator, in his book 'Balkan Odyssey', to attempt to understand the aims and the difficulties involved in such diplomatic initiatives.
We shall take a look too at the other British politician, Paddy Ashdown, who became deeply involved in Yugoslavia's affairs.
Finally, as David Owen entitles his last chapter, we shall ask the question, Are their 'Lessons for the Future' ?
Balkan Odyssey by David Owen