David Phillips, Director of the Peace-Building and Rights Program at Columbia University’s Institute for the Study of Human Rights, in an opinion piece for Balkans Insight cautions against the idea of Kosovo’s partition and the ‘border adjustment’ saying it could destabilise the region and spark violence. Confirming that the idea of partition of Kosovo is not new, Phillips underlines that it is something that ‘would open wounds from the war’. “Many people died to preserve the ideal of democratic, ethnically diverse states in the Western Balkans. Slobodan Milosevic’s goal was always to unify the Serbian nation and establish ‘Greater Serbia’. Partition of Kosovo would achieve at the negotiating table what Milosevic failed to achieve through ethnic cleansing,” Phillips writes.