introduces the term ‘international administration’ and distinguishes it from peacekeeping, state- and nation-building, and military occupation. Also discusses the political and strategic context out of which international territorial administration emerged in the mid-1990s. An increase in the importance that many states attach to humanitarian norms as matters of international concern and a marked disregard for sovereignty as a barrier to humanitarian interference have facilitated the pursuit of policies of a highly intrusive nature, including the establishment of international administrations. States have also been motivated by considerations of national interest: a strong international presence in the Balkans and in East Timor has served to buffer regional states from the effects of instability, notably refugee flows and trans-border crime. The chapter concludes with an overview of the contents of the book.
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