Kosovo and Serbia: Contested Options and Shared Consequences

Kosovo and Serbia: Contested Options and Shared Consequences

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Following the 1992 breakup of Yugoslavia, the region descended into a series of bloody conflicts marked by intense ethnic and religious hatreds. Kosovo emerged at the epicenter of these disputes and the site of innumerable human rights violations, as Serbia, united with Montenegro at the time, sought to remove the Albanian presence. Kosovo (roughly ninety percent Albanian) declared independence in 2008, and although it is recognized by over one hundred UN member states, it is still not recognized by Serbia.
            This volume brings together scholars of Serbian, Albanian, Christian, and Muslim backgrounds to examine the Serbian-Albanian dynamic in Kosovo through historical, political, economic, and social perspectives. The contributors offer fresh insights on the consequences of internationalizing the conflict, the impact of international agencies and institutions since the 1999 intervention, the continuing human rights violations, present day party politics, and the prospects for economic cooperation with Serbia, among other topics. Kosovo and Serbia will inform scholars and students of the region, exploring the nature of a tragic political and strategic struggle that has existed for centuries and drawn the attention of the entire international community.


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780822944690
Publisher: University of Pittsburgh Press
Publication date: 02/28/2017
Series: Russian and East European Studies Series
Edition description: 1
Pages: 336
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

Leandrit I. Mehmeti is a lecturer at the University of South Australia.
Branislav Radeljic is an associate professor of international politics at the University of East London.

Table of Contents

Foreword Andrea Lorenzo Capussela ix

Acknowledgments xvii

Acronyms xix

List of Municipalities xxiii

Introduction Leandrit I. Mehmeti Branislav Radeljic 3

1 Kosovo: A Case Study in the Unintended Consequences of Communist Nationality Policy, 1968-1986 Veljko Vujacic 14

2 Settling The Self-Determination Dispute In Kosovo Arben Qirezi 37

3 Kosovo in the Official Rhetoric of the European Union and Russia Branislav Radeljic 63

4 Governance Challenges to Interethnic Relations in Kosovo Ilire Agimi 85

5 Serbian Political Parties and the Kosovo Question Dušan Spasojevic 106

6 The Capacity and Performance of the Eulex Mission in Kosovo Mina Zirojevic 130

7 The Role of Minorities in the Serbo-Albanian Political Quagmire Gent Cakaj Gëzim Krasniqi 149

8 Minority Returns to Kosovo: Migration Policies. Practices, and Theory Tanja Pavlov 168

9 Economic Cooperation as a Way Toward Reconciliation and Eu Integration for Kosovo and Serbia Gazmend Qorraj 196

10 Perspective of the Normalization of Relations Between Kosovo and Serbia Leandrit I. Mchmeti 216

Notes 243

Contributors 305

Index 307

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