American Ascendancy-And the Pretense of ConcertIssue: Fall 1999
Like a sudden flash of diplomatic lightning, Kosovo has illuminated
much that was previously obscure in the landscape of international
politics. Not because of the victory over Milosevic--it would indeed
be a cold day if NATO could not vanquish a minor power--but because a
norm has been forcefully asserted, a Western norm with explosive
potentialities for many other sovereign states. And because NATO has
made its debut as the military arm of a concert of powers.