letter published in the New Statesman, 17 May 1999 Your complacency about Kosovo (Editorial, 10 May) will go down as one of the least heroic episodes in the New Statesman's history. You misrepresent the nature of the war and its politics. "The war was launched . . ." you write; but Nato did not begin… Continue reading The old statesman marches hand in hand with the old anti-Americans
In a letter published on 22 November 1999, I attacked John Pilger's attempts to deny the Kosova genocide in his New Statesman column. See also review of Paying the Price: Killing the Children of Iraq (John Pilger, ITV, 6 March 2000) It will always be necessary to raise questions about the scale of episodes of… Continue reading Pilger on ‘random brutality’ – a denial of genocide, New Statesman, 22 November 1999
The Nato assault that prised Kosovo from Slobodan Milosevic's grip in March-June 1999 has been overshadowed by the Iraq war four years later. It deserves renewed attention both as the last of the major ex-Yugoslav conflicts and as a pioneering example of modern "risk-transfer war", says Martin Shaw. Go to Open Democracy for the full text.… Continue reading The Kosovo War Ten Years After, Open Democracy, 31 March 2009
Mediating denial Philip Hammond and Edward S. Herman, editors, Degraded Capability: The Media and the Kosovo Crisis, London: Pluto, 2000. Contents: 'The West's destruction of Yugoslavia'/ The origins of denial /Denying Serbian slaughter in Kosovo /Denying genocide /Denigrating the Tribunal /Indicting the media In twenty-first century war, media are battlefields. Truth is ever more the… Continue reading Review of Hammond and Herman, eds, Degraded Capability: The Media and the Kosovo Crisis, 2000.
Martin Shaw Political economy and political reaction: a reply to Kees van der Pijl This paper was submitted to the Review of International Political Economy, but declined for publication In 'From Gorbachev to Kosovo: Atlantic rivalries and the re-incorporation of Eastern Europe' (Review of International Political Economy 8:2, 2001, 275-310), my colleague Kees van der… Continue reading Reply to Kees van der Pijl on Yugoslavia, 2002
Martin Shaw Iain King and Whit Mason, Peace at any Price: How the World Failed Kosovo. Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 2006. Pp. xx, 303. $27.95. It is a sign of the times that Kosovo can be seen as a partial success of international intervention and rule. Against the backdrop of Iraq, the fact that this… Continue reading Review of King and Mason, Peace at any Price: How the World Failed Kosovo, for International History Review, 2007