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Forging Kosovo: Between Dependence, Independence, and Interdependence

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Edited By Arben Hajrullahu and Anton Vukpalaj

For many areas of social science research, including conflict resolution, peacebuilding, and international state-building, Kosovo remains a uniquely interesting and relevant case. This book is motivated by the belief that there is much to be gained, analytically and empirically, from bringing together local scholarship that focuses on Kosovo-specific issues. It helps understand how pathdependent historical legacies set in motion prior to and during the war for independence, coupled with contemporary processes of dependence on and interdependence with external actors, shaped contemporary Kosovo society and institutions. It brings together a methodologically diverse set of local scholarly perspectives on contemporary political, legal and societal developments in Kosovo.

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Kosovo and the United Nations: An Unusual Relation

Bekim Sejdiu

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Abstract This chapter analyzes Kosovo’s specific posture vis-a-vis the UN. Three distinct facets, which make relations between the UN and Kosovo atypical, are elaborated in this chapter: first, the presence in Kosovo of an obsolete UN peacebuilding mission; second, interaction of Kosovo with the UN headquarters in New York; and third, the prospects for admission of Kosovo to the UN. The analysis in this chapter underlines the fact that the UN mission in Kosovo, up to 2008 when Kosovo declared independence, could be qualified as a very successful peacebuilding mission of the post-Cold War era. However, due to the impasse in the Security Council, caused by the adamant position of Russia against Kosovo’s independence, UN still maintains an invisible “interim administration mission” over the county. The presence of UN mission in Kosovo and the futile debates in the Security Council are the direct consequences of this impasse. It remains to be seen how the power politics at the Security Council will be displayed, when it comes to the prospect for membership of Kosovo in the UN. This chapter devotes particular consideration to this aspect of Kosovo’s position towards the UN.

Keywords: UN, Kosovo, UNMIK, territorial administration, independence, EU dialogue, UN membership

Since 2008 when Kosovo proclaimed independence, its interaction with the United Nations (UN) has entered a new era full of confusion and paradoxes. This chapter investigates the complex position of Kosovo vis-à-vis the UN. This relation is of crucial importance, not only for Kosovo’s...

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