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President Thaci back to uniform (Prishtina Insight)

By   /  14/12/2018  /  Opinions  /  Comments Off on President Thaci back to uniform (Prishtina Insight)

By: Eraldin Fazliu  Clad in his military best, Kosovo’s president has broken his silence on the eve of tomorrow’s vote at the Kosovo Assembly, congratulating the KSF on the expansion of their mandate. In what has been described as an “inspection” of soldiers at the Adem Jashari military base in Prishtina on Thursday, Kosovo’s president […]

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Haradinaj: We won’t accept Serbia’s violation of our sovereignty (WaPo)

By   /  29/11/2018  /  Opinions  /  Comments Off on Haradinaj: We won’t accept Serbia’s violation of our sovereignty (WaPo)

Kosovo Prime Minister Ramush Haradinaj has written an op-ed for The Washington Post where he states:“My country, Kosovo, is being asked to make an impossible choice that would cheapen the sacrifice made by U.S. soldiers, undermine the stability of the region and threaten America’s allies. In the face of sustained attack from Serbia meant to undermine our […]

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Serbia-Kosovo Dialogue: Where the EU Went Wrong (Balkan Insight)

By   /  28/11/2018  /  Opinions  /  Comments Off on Serbia-Kosovo Dialogue: Where the EU Went Wrong (Balkan Insight)

By: Tina Prelec The EU began 2018 vowing to focus on strengthening the rule of law in the Balkans – but attempts to speed up an agreement between Serbia and Kosovo overshadowed this and helped raise tensions to a worrying level. With a multi-front crisis between Belgrade and Pristina in full swing, and with the […]

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Decentralization is an alternative to partition (Prishtina Insight)

By   /  16/10/2018  /  Opinions  /  Comments Off on Decentralization is an alternative to partition (Prishtina Insight)

By: David L. Philips Kosovo is at a critical crossroads, and devolution of power from the executive would advance good governance, equality and the strengthening of democracy. Down one path lies partition, which seeks to placate Serbia. Proponents wrongly believe that adjusting borders will help Kosovo gain greater global recognition. Another path involves decentralization, which […]

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Kosovo’s Interpol bid – and its ramifications for EU (EUobserver)

By   /  08/10/2018  /  Opinions  /  Comments Off on Kosovo’s Interpol bid – and its ramifications for EU (EUobserver)

Eliott Behar, former domestic criminal prosecutor and international war crimes prosecutor, writes in an op-ed for EUobserver that as Interpol’s General Assembly prepares to vote on whether to admit Kosovo as its newest member, there is little question that Kosovo meets the criteria for membership. “It has a large police force, numbering over 8,000 employees […]

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Breaking old habits in the Balkans (European Council on Foreign Relations)

By   /  26/09/2018  /  Opinions  /  Comments Off on Breaking old habits in the Balkans (European Council on Foreign Relations)

By: Robert Cooper Opinions cost nothing, but it is not our opinions that matter – let’s not take sides before we know what has been proposed. “An intellectual hatred is the worst”, says W B Yeats, “So let her think opinions are accursed.” That’s what I used to think when I was involved in diplomacy […]

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Fresh Momentum for the Balkans (Project Syndicate)

By   /  24/09/2018  /  Opinions  /  Comments Off on Fresh Momentum for the Balkans (Project Syndicate)

Javier Solana, former EU High Representative for Foreign and Security Policy and former Secretary-General of NATO, writes in an opinion piece for news organisation Project Syndicate that the last decades have brought more frustration than progress to the Balkans but that no conflict is unsolvable when “diplomatic creativity and political will are brought to bear.” […]

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Kosovo-Serbia Deal – Saving Faces or Saving Borders (Balkan Insight)

By   /  17/09/2018  /  Opinions  /  Comments Off on Kosovo-Serbia Deal – Saving Faces or Saving Borders (Balkan Insight)

By: Gezim Krasniqi The contradictory reactions to proposals to resolve the Kosovo issue through border changes has exposed the international community’s confusion over what its priorities are. Recent announcements by the presidents of Serbia and Kosovo, that they are considering border changes to reach a historic peace settlement, have sent shockwaves across the region. Speaking […]

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An Offensive Plan for the Balkans That the U.S. Should Get Behind (The New York Times)

By   /  14/09/2018  /  Opinions  /  Comments Off on An Offensive Plan for the Balkans That the U.S. Should Get Behind (The New York Times)

By: Charles A. Kupchan A Kosovo-Serbia land swap would be peaceful ethnic cleansing. But at least it would bring peace. The Balkans remains in strategic limbo. Kosovo declared independence from Serbia 10 years ago, but Serbia has yet to come to terms with its loss — refusing to recognize Kosovo and stirring trouble between the […]

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Kosovo, billed as a model of western intervention learns a difficult lesson (TRT World)

By   /  11/09/2018  /  Opinions  /  Comments Off on Kosovo, billed as a model of western intervention learns a difficult lesson (TRT World)

By: Aidan Hehir With the West in disarray, Kosovo is finding out that its territorial integrity is up for grabs. To the surprise of most observers of Balkan politics, the presidents of Serbia and Kosovo have recently floated the idea of a territory exchange. While the details are not yet clear, the idea appears to […]

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The hollow compromise of ‘border corrections’ (Prishtina Insight)

By   /  07/09/2018  /  Opinions  /  Comments Off on The hollow compromise of ‘border corrections’ (Prishtina Insight)

By: Florian Bieber Talks of partition and territorial exchange, facilitated by a weakly managed dialogue and support from undemocratic regimes, have found traction within the EU and now the Trump administration. Talk of border “corrections”―a new euphemism for border changes ―has recently become attractive to Western policymakers, for lack of tangible alternatives. The Brussels talks […]

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Redrawing borders in the Balkans is a recurring, bad idea (DW)

By   /  07/09/2018  /  Opinions  /  Comments Off on Redrawing borders in the Balkans is a recurring, bad idea (DW)

James Pardew, former US mediator for the Balkans, writes in an op-ed for Deutsche Welle that the prospect of redrawing of borders in the Balkans is a bad idea that which may seem like and ‘easy fix’ but will only cause more problems in the longer term. “Redrawing national borders to solve ethnic disputes is […]

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