Breaking Kosovo’s northern deadlock

A temporary and dynamic model that keeps the north within Kosovo whilst providing northern Serbs a solid degree of self-governance is what both Belgrade and Pristina should strive for, with the international community being prepared to lead a process of drafting and imposing such an agreement.

Kosovo – what role for the UN?

The UN should play the lead role in negotiations between Belgrade and Pristina - or at least serve as a neutral umpire - as the continuing Kosovo status dispute cannot be settled through the one-sided approach so far pushed by the Quint.

Ireland and Kosovo

Elements of the Irish-English settlement may offer a model for how a Kosovar-Serbia deal might be made, including recognition that the creation of an ethnic state cannot proceed peacefully on the back of forcing an ethnic minority to join.

Kosova/Kosovo – is there a deal here?

The chance of a meaningful outcome to the next round of political negotiations depends on Serbian and Kosovar protagonists taking responsibility for negotiations away from US, EU and Russian overseers.

Kosovo – northern strategies

Only the US has the leverage to make the Kosovo Albanians come to the table and reach a compromise - one that keeps the north as part of Kosovo, yet not under Pristina - but this will have to be imposed on Pristina.

Kosovo – UNMIK refuses Quint gambit

An UNMIK presence in north Mitrovica - and the other three Serb-majority municipalities in the north - is required under UNSCR 1244 and remains the only available means to peacefully preserve the integrity of Kosovo's boundaries as recognized by 1244.

Kosovo – the end of UNSCR 1244?

It is increasingly clear that those working under a UN Security Council mandate for peacekeeping are abandoning that very mandate in order to enforce a "solution" favourable to one side alone.

Kosovo – time to change the paradigm

With the Quint peacekeepers - KFOR and EULEX - employing force to impose a one-sided regime, the peacekeeping phase has now reached its end and it is time to impose a settlement that clears the way for real peace.

Kosovo – end of ‘supervised independence’

In the absence of a mutually-acceptable political outcome for northern Kosovo, the UN must be prepared to stay in the field and return, if necessary, its own international police force to stand with KFOR as the responsible peacekeepers.

Kosovo – now and in the future

Kosovo faces two fundamental challenges – its still unsettled status and the economy - that will continue to inhibit its progress towards becoming a self-sustaining, economically prosperous, and socially stable country.

Kosovo – almost time to deal with the north

Only dialogue, patient outreach and a shared readiness to compromise can tackle the root causes of recent tensions in the north of Kosovo; namely, its unsettled status and Quint insistence on trying to settle it through use of force.

Serbia and Kosovo – Tadic bets on good behavior?

With Serbia's president having announced his resignation in order to contest the presidential elections, one might have imagined the Quint giving Tadic some space and peacemaking more time; instead they seem to be focused on squeezing the noose tighter.

Kosovo – elections and the north

Pristina and the Quint could have chosen to ignore the elections by dismissing their significance and taking the high road; instead, the EU's warnings and threats have only served to fuel confrontation.

Kosovo – a way forward

The frozen conflict over Kosovo can only be solved by changing the contours of the sovereignty game, ending Western pressure on both sides, and ensuring special arrangements for Serb historical and religious sites and Serb communities.

Kosovo – what will Belgrade do now?

The Quint continues to push Serbia for further concessions on Kosovo - including the abolition of Serbian institutions in the north and an end to repeated efforts to block EULEX access - that could lead to renewed conflict and violence in the north.

Kosovo – beware triumphalism

The EU seems bent on using the leverage of the still-to-be-granted accession date to press Belgrade for more concessions, particularly concerning north Kosovo, thereby risking an escalation of tensions.

Kosovo and the Arab Spring

With ‘humanitarian intervention’ now back in the spotlight following events in Libya and Syria, NATO’s campaign against Belgrade on behalf of Kosovo Albanians is now being touted as a legal precedent; but should it?

Kosovo* – what next?

Securing agreement through international pressure alone can be very risky for Kosovo, Serbia and the EU, with the process vulnerable to changes in government and the wavering attractiveness of EU accession.
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