In this book, Ivo Daalder and Michael O'Hanlon provide the first comprehensive examination of the causes, course, and consequences of the conflict in Kosovo. Their focus is the immediate period of crisis of 1998 and 1999 that culminated in the eleven weeks of bombing. Daalder and O'Hanlon critically assess the policies of the Clinton administration and other NATO governments over this time period, with particular emphasis on three main questions: Was the war avoidable (and if so, how)? Did NATO win the war, not only in narrow military terms but also in a broader political and strategic sense? And why did Slobodan Milosevic, after seventy-eight days of bombings, finally relent and accept NATO's terms for a cessation of the war?