chapter  8
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The break-up of Yugoslavia and the Soviet Union: peacekeeping and the end of the multinational state

In the last chapter we made frequent reference to the idea of peacekeeping taking place within a permitted area designated according to big-power perceptions of their own core interests and we explored the impact of the end of the cold war, which widened this area to embrace areas such as Latin America and south-east Asia. But nowhere, perhaps, has the expansion of post-cold war peacekeeping into areas hitherto off-limits been more evident than in Europe and on its eastern borders. Peacekeeping here had previously been confined to the special case of Cyprus; now the possibilities were more or less unlimited.