It is fashionable to say that the suicide bombing of New York’s World Trade Center and the Pentagon on Sept. 11 has profoundly changed the world. All press comment has been based on this assumption, with appropriately “deep” analyses of its effects on international relations, the world economy, globalization and so on.
The Nato action in Kosovo raises three questions for international relations. Was it legal? Was it just? And was it prudent? I will concentrate mainly on the third question, because this is most directly to do with Russia’s place in the international system. But first let me say something about the first two.
Was it legal?