Archive for category: Kosovo

Ethnic cleansing and war crimes, 1991-1995 – part 9

Ethnic cleansing and war crimes, 1991-1995 – part 9

TransConflict is pleased to present part nine of a chapter of “Confronting the Yugoslav controversies – a scholars’ initiative”, entitled “Ethnic cleansing and war crimes, 1991-1995″, which “aims at describing causes, features, and consequences of ethnic cleansing as a policy in Bosnia-Hercegovina during the war.”

Ethnic cleansing and war crimes, 1991-1995 – part 8

Ethnic cleansing and war crimes, 1991-1995 – part 8

TransConflict is pleased to present part eight of a chapter of “Confronting the Yugoslav controversies – a scholars’ initiative”, entitled “Ethnic cleansing and war crimes, 1991-1995″, which “aims at describing causes, features, and consequences of ethnic cleansing as a policy in Bosnia-Hercegovina during the war.”

Kosovo, Ukraine, Syria and Iraq

Kosovo, Ukraine, Syria and Iraq

The struggles by ethnic and religious groups left behind by empire cannot be resolved by outsiders. These competing groups need to find their own way – even fight their own way – to arrive at boundaries and arrangements they can live with. Any foreign intervention risks alienating one side or […]

The Centre for Research, Documentation and Publication from Kosovo

The Centre for Research, Documentation and Publication from Kosovo

TransConflict is pleased to present the profile of the Centre for Research, Documentation and Publication from Kosovo, a member of the Global Coalition for Conflict Transformation.

The SITF report speaks less of Kosovo than of the international community

The SITF report speaks less of Kosovo than of the international community

What is most interesting about the report unveiled on Tuesday by the special investigative task force (SITF) is not what it says about the KLA, but what it implies about the post-conflict and state-building international interventions in Kosovo.

Kosovo at a critical juncture

Kosovo at a critical juncture

Following the parliamentary elections of June 8, a new political landscape is emerging in Kosovo. Will it be more democratic?

Kosovo and Crimea – what’s the difference?

Kosovo and Crimea – what’s the difference?

The only discussion of principle emerging from the debates over Kosovar and Crimean independence is that initiated by Woodrow Wilson towards the end of World War One, about whether national minorities have the right to self-determination. Can a smaller group be compelled to be part of a larger state, or […]

Kosova/o – uneven competition

Kosova/o – uneven competition

As there is no indication that any EU member will block Serbia from getting into the EU without recognizing Kosova, Kosova’s – and Washington’s – main goal should be to lead to the condition that neither contestant can get into the club unless they both do.

The establishment of a Special Court and transitional justice in Kosovo

The establishment of a Special Court and transitional justice in Kosovo

Securing convictions for war crimes (regardless of the ethnicity of victim or perpetrator) is only one aspect of transitional justice. What is just as important is the perception that justice is fairly pursued and adequately addressed for all sides, in order for reconciliation to be embraced.

EULEX mandate extended amid reports of corruption investigations into EULEX judges and prosecutors

EULEX mandate extended amid reports of corruption investigations into EULEX judges and prosecutors

Concerns over accountability mechanisms within EULEX and its effectiveness raise inevitable questions as to whether an institution with such a record and structure can be effective in combating corruption and strengthening justice in Kosovo. Indeed, the establishment of the new special war crimes court is seen by some as evidence […]

The former Yugoslavia – independence and the fate of minorities – part five

The former Yugoslavia – independence and the fate of minorities – part five

TransConflict is pleased to present the fifth part of a chapter of “Confronting the Yugoslav controversies – a scholars’ initiative”, entitled “Independence and the Fate of Minorities (1991-1992).”

Integration or isolation? Northern Kosovo in 2014 electoral limbo

Integration or isolation? Northern Kosovo in 2014 electoral limbo

With elections in Serbia slated for 16 March, for the EU parliament in May and Kosovo in autumn, northern Kosovo will be left in a dangerous limbo, without clarity about which laws apply and with the danger that the progress made in normalising relations could be reversed.

The former Yugoslavia – independence and the fate of minorities – part four

The former Yugoslavia – independence and the fate of minorities – part four

TransConflict is pleased to present the fourth part of a chapter of “Confronting the Yugoslav controversies – a scholars’ initiative”, entitled “Independence and the Fate of Minorities (1991-1992).”

Kosovo – Ahtisaari plus doesn’t solve everything

Kosovo – Ahtisaari plus doesn’t solve everything

To preserve the chances of a peaceful transition in north Kosovo, everyone will have to accept compromise and avoid seeking to take advantage of what would be a fragile and delicate balance of interests.

The former Yugoslavia – independence and the fate of minorities – part two

The former Yugoslavia – independence and the fate of minorities – part two

TransConflict is pleased to present the second part of a chapter of “Confronting the Yugoslav controversies – a scholars’ initiative”, entitled “Independence and the Fate of Minorities (1991-1992).”

North Kosovo – new reality, old problems

North Kosovo – new reality, old problems

Despite the fact that the Brussels Agreement and the November election is a first step towards the bridging of differences between Kosovo on the one hand and Kosovo Serbs and Serbia on the other, the process of integration of Serbs into the Kosovan system will require time, good will on all sides […]

Reflections on Confronting the Yugoslav Controversies

Reflections on Confronting the Yugoslav Controversies

TransConflict is pleased to present additional reflections on Confronting the Yugoslav Controversies – its purpose, importance and approach – by two participants in the Scholars´ Initiative.

Collaborative Conflict Transformation in Kosovo

Collaborative Conflict Transformation in Kosovo

TransConflict is piloting a new initiative which lays the foundations for collaborative conflict transformation by facilitating the sharing of perspectives on specific conflicts. The latest case study launched explores conflict in Kosovo. 

Confronting the Yugoslav controversies – reflections on ‘Kosovo Under Autonomy’

Confronting the Yugoslav controversies – reflections on ‘Kosovo Under Autonomy’

The sad history of Kosovo under autonomy should be fair enough warning to those who would reignite ethnic hostilities that have fortunately declined markedly from their peak. May they continue to do so, for the sake of both Albanians and Serbs.

Kosovo – perhaps the Quint still doesn’t understand the North?

Kosovo – perhaps the Quint still doesn’t understand the North?

A way should be found to ensure Mayor-elect, Krstimir Pantic, can take his place without further delay, whilst the Quint should make clear to Pristina that it will not allow efforts to delay or derail implementation.  This new opportunity to move forward with peaceful change could yet be lost.

Kosovo – the way forward?

Kosovo – the way forward?

Reaching the point of enabling some degree of normality in the north and between local and central institutions in Kosovo and Serbia will be a significant achievement and an important step toward political stability in this part of the Balkans.

Kosovo – “successful” election just first step

Kosovo – “successful” election just first step

The EU – with US support – has helped broker a framework that puts the current frozen conflict between Serbia and Kosovo onto a path that may eventually allow further mutual accommodation. But this opportunity could be lost if any of the parties try to move too quickly. 

Kosovo’s north – from barricades to integration

Kosovo’s north – from barricades to integration

Immediately after the December 1st run-off, Pristina, Belgrade and the international community should translate the famous concept of integration into measurable and tangible benefits for the north.

Unfree and unfair in northern Kosovo

Unfree and unfair in northern Kosovo

The municipal elections in Kosovo on were not really local, and come down to two very different stories depending on whether one looks at the Serb-held northern region or the rest of the country. These were not ordinary elections: they were meant to mark a peaceful transfer of power over […]

Kosovo – what next?

Kosovo – what next?

When the election is run again, it will hopefully take place with adequate EULEX presence and with UN as well as OSCE observation.  Whatever the outcome, the EU, US and NATO should resist pressures from Pristina to simply “take over” and impose its rule in the north.