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The Balance of Power Theory and Its Application to Kosovo Ideas are the corner-stones of International Relations and Diplomacy These ideas are often titled theories a term that grants the ideas a certain degree of credibility in application though they remain theories they cannot be proved only applied intelligently in hopes of arriving at the correct conclusion One theory concerning the Balance of Power BOP falls under the Neo-Realist analysis of conflict within the International system This Essay will attempt to apply this theory somewhat retroactively to the situation in Bosnia and more specifically to that in Kosovo Retroactively because the essay will principally examine how these theories can be applied to the history of the Kosovo conflict dating to the present Secondly it will undertake to detail the current situation in that region in these same terms providing an accurate description of the status quo Finally the Balance of Power Theory will be employed in a prospective manner to offer a solution to the situation in terms of actually creating a balance of power within the country of Bosnia Outline I Definitions of Terms for the Purpose of this Essay A Neo Realism B Balance of Power Theory BOP C Power Transition PT II Retroactive Application of Theory A History of Kosovo Situation B How BOPPT Theory Explains Kosovo Conflict III Immediate Application of Theory A How Status Quo is Represented by BOP Theory IV Prospective Application of Theory A What Actual Balance of Power may lead to Peace in the Region V Conclusion I A Neo-Realism Neo-Realism is one of the schools of thought in International Relations theory It is a sub-school of Realism which originated in the aftermath of World War II Realists tended to blame the Second World War on Liberals and their failure to deter the fascist powers that initiated that war Some of their specific criticisms
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