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The Causes of President Milosevic’s Capitulation in June 1999

07 December 2007, 12:45
The talk will draw on the opinions of such central characters as Martti Ahtisaari, former President of Finland; the former Deputy Minister of the Serbian MoD and Strobe Talbott, then Deputy Secretary of State, US Department of State, amongst others

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The Causes of President Milosevic’s Capitulation in June 1999

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Dr Anna Maria Brudenell
Defence Academy of the UK at Shrivenham


Why was President Slobodan Milosevic suddenly and somewhat surprisingly prepared to agree to the terms proposed by the West in June 1999?  Was it because of the supposed threat of a ground invasion, the air campaign, the withdrawal of possible Russian support, or other factors?
 
The talk will draw on the opinions of such central characters as Martti Ahtisaari, former President of Finland; the former Deputy Minister of the Serbian MoD and Strobe Talbott, then Deputy Secretary of State, US Department of State, amongst others. The talk will examine the various possibilities that brought Miloševiæ to the negotiating table, in particular the effectiveness of the air campaign, and whether it would have been possible to deploy ground troops within the required time.

Dr. Brudenell is a Lecturer in Military and Security Studies at the Defence College of Management and Technology at the Defence Academy of the UK, Shrivenham.  She received her BA from the University of London (School of Slavonic and East European Studies) and her Ph.D. on the air campaign in Kosovo from the Royal Military College of Science, Cranfield University, Shrivenham.  Her primary area of interest is air power, with particular reference to axiological targeting.


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An optional £6 sandwich lunch shall be available from 1215.

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