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.
About the Author
Branislav Radeljic is an associate professor of international politics at the University of East London.
Table of ContentsContents Foreword - Andrea Lorenzo Capussela Acknowledgments Acronyms List of Municipalities Introduction. Leandrit I. Mehmeti and Branislav Radeljić 1. Kosovo: A Case Study in the Unintended Consequesnces of Communist Nationality Policy, 1968-1986 - Veljko Vujačić 2. Settling the Self-Determination Dispute in Kosovo - Arben Qirezi 3. Kosovo in the Official Rhetoric of the European Union and Russia - Branislav Radeljić 4. Governance Challenges to Interethnic Relations in Kosovo - Ilire Agimi 5. Serbian Political Parties and the Kosovo Question - Dušan Spasojević 6. The Capacity and Performance of the Eulex Mission in Kosovo - Mina Zirojević 7. The Role of Minorities in the Serbo-Albanian Political Quagmire - Gent Cakaj and Gëzim Krasniqi 8. Minority Returns to Kosovo: Migration Policies, Practices, and Theory - Tanja Pavlov 9. Economic Cooperation as a Way toward Reconciliation and EU Integration for Kosovo and Serbia - Gazmend Qorraj 10. Perspectives of the Normalization of Relations between Kosovo and Serbia - Leandrit I. Mehmeti Notes Contributors Index