Kosovo’s Key-Assets to Address the Challenges of Transition

Kosovo is one of the poorest countries in South Eastern Europe and, like other countries in the region, its liberal and democratic transition is de facto confronted with major challenges. However, despite transition problems, Kosovo does possess three key-assets that could be better mobilized to make the country more prosperous, namely its youth, the large Diaspora and abundant minerals.


Successful experiences of economic growth underline the importance of...

The Challenges of Transition in Kosovo

Fifteen years after separating from Serbia and despite considerable foreign aid, Kosovo is still confronted with serious economic, social and institutional challenges; they include inter alia trade deficits, fiscal problems, the quality of governance, unemployment and poverty. Findings underline the complexity of the liberal and democratic transition, for which much time is required to overcome the legacies of the past and build a new, more unified and richer country.

       Kosovo in perspective

Kosovo is a very small country – it has a...

The Brussels Dialogue Should Seize the Fragile Momentum in the New Kosovo Government

The historic Brussels Agreement of 19 April 2013 between the governments of Serbia and Kosovo, which rounded up a series of technical agreements, set high hopes for the normalisation of relations between the two. Some of the agreements’ most ostensible and clearly defined points have been (partially) implemented – such as the establishment of freedom of movement and goods, the mutual recognition of diplomas and the exchange of civil registry documents, the integration of the Kosovo Police, and...

Mogherini and the Future of Rapprochement between Serbia and Kosovo: The EU’s New Role and How It Should Play Out

The implementation of the first Brussels Agreement (reached in April 2013) has considerably slowed down. Thusly, this questions the very purpose of the deal, whose aim has been to set relations between Serbia and Kosovo on a track towards normalization. The former EU Higher Representative, Lady Catherine Ashton, has brought together the prime ministers of the two countries almost two-dozen times, but this has hardly improved overall relations. The EU mediators have consciously used ambiguity to create a modicum of cooperation, and this momentum has certainly had a positive effect. An...

Revisiting the Legality of Kosovo’s Independence in the Light of Crimea

The Russian President Putin and the Crimean Declaration of Independence employed the Kosovo case in attempt to defend the legality of Crimea’s secession and annexation by Russia. This analogy commences with a paradox as Russia has continuously maintained that Kosovo’s independence was in violation of international law.

Be that as it may, the recent developments in the Crimea have revitalized the debate on Kosovo’s statehood, prompting politicians and academics to re-examine its legality.

Some scholars have rightly recalled that unlike in the Crimea where no...

Why Kosovo constitutes a legal precedent and Crimea does not (yet)

On 27 March 2014, the General Assembly of the United Nations adopted a non-binding resolution entitled “Territorial Integrity of Ukraine”, calling on States, international organizations and specialized agencies not to recognize any change in the status of Crimea or the Black Sea port city of Sevastopol, and to refrain from actions or dealings that might be interpreted as such.

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