Kosovo’s Difficult Future: Challenges Ahead

Tuesday, April 6, 2010
1219 International Affairs Building

Please join the Harriman Institute for a talk by Ilir Deda, Executive Director, Kosovar Institute for Policy Research and Development (KIPRED).

Kosovo has been recognized by 65 states, which hinders the country’s full-fledged integration into important international and regional institutions. Presently, many eyes are set on the International Court of Justice, which is to present its advisory opinion on the legality of Kosovo’s declaration of independence this summer. Serbia seems determined to use that opportunity to push for a new dialogue on Kosovo’s status, and has in the meantime strengthened parallel Belgrade-run institutions in northern Kosovo.

A recent plan prepared by the International Civilian Office, the institution overseeing Kosovo’s independence, aims at establishing domestic institutions of self-government in the North, which is opposed by the authorities in Belgrade. It also did not find the support of the European Union, which is split between the 22 EU states that have recognized Kosovo and the 5 that have not. Such divisions within the international community hinder the formulation of coherent policies towards Kosovo, and also affect the effectiveness of EULEX, the largest European Common Security and Defence Policy (CSDP) mission ever, established to support the rule of law in the country. At the same time, the popularity of EULEX and the Government of Kosovo is in constant decline. These aspects, which are also crucial to transatlantic burden sharing, will be subject of this lecture.

Ilir Deda is the Executive Director of the Kosovar Institute for Policy Research and Development (KIPRED), a think-tank in Kosovo. Previously he worked for the UNDP headquarters in New York, the Geneva Centre for Security Policy (GCSP), the International Crisis Group (ICG). He also served for a short time as a political advisor to the first Prime Minister of Kosovo. Ilir Deda has been the author of the Freedom House Nations in Transit Kosovo reports since 2007. He holds an MA in international affairs from The New School.