The Kosovo war helped consolidate the Responsibility to Protect norm. But Lena Surzhko-Harned and Jiří Nykodým argue that it also created the 'Kosovo precedent' used to undermine international law. Russia has often exploited this narrative to justify its current war in Ukraine
Associate Teaching Professor of Political Science and Associate Director of the Public Policy Fund, Behrend College, Penn State University
Lena's primary research interests are in the field of comparative politics.
She is the author of several papers dealing with issues of nationalism and ethnic conflict, identity politics, electoral politics, comparative democratisation, and political behaviour in the post-communist states of Eastern Europe.