chapter  6
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Contemporary conflict management scholarship describes the situation in Kosovo as an undeniable case of intractable conflict (Burg 2005). It is characterized by contention over the rights of self-determination, sovereignty, and territorial integrity. It persisted over time which led to the development of psychological manifestations of deep feelings of distrust and mutual hatred, manifested in the employment of destructive means, violence, and a refusal to yield to endeavors aimed at reaching a political settlement. All of this is indicative of its undeniably intractable nature. The case of Kosovo offers a unique opportunity to explore two distinct phases of the peace process within the same conflict, which despite the inevitable change of actors (vis-à-vis their leadership) still did not produce any success.