Blunt and unsparing yet fair and factual, this book sheds a revealing light on the development of The Hague Tribunal, a new institution that is as vital to international life as it is unknown. Pierre Hazan tracks the transformation of the Tribunal and its prosecution of war crimes from humanitarian intervention. For western leaders originally intended the Tribunal to be the alibi for their inaction, and instead it defined the standards and limits for tolerable behavior in conflict, thus the terms under which the United States and its allies had to use force.

The author’s judgments are thoughtful, measured, and borne out by his documented facts. This glimpse of life “Inside the Tribunal” is invaluable and unique.

Roy Gutman, Winner of the Pulitzer Prize