Geopolitics

Quo Vadis, Kosovo?

Rron Dragidella

As Kosovo embarks on its 16th year of independence, it faces a critical juncture characterised by a challenging journey filled with political, social, and diplomatic hurdles. Since declaring independence in 2008, Kosovo has been on a complex path towards statehood, grappling with internal reconstruction, seeking international recognition, and engaging in delicate diplomacy, particularly with Serbia. This paper aims to provide a comprehensive analysis of the Kosovo-Serbia dialogue, focusing on the actions of the current Kosovo government and its impact on the dialogue’s trajectory.

The Kosovo-Serbia dialogue has played a key role in attempting to foster reconciliation between the neighbouring countries. Over the past 16 years, it has witnessed significant milestones, setbacks, and recent tensions, shaping Kosovo’s trajectory. Notable moments, including the 2013 Brussels Agreement, have been met with both optimism and challenges in implementation, particularly regarding the status of Kosovo’s Serb-majority municipalities. In recent years, escalating tensions have further complicated the dialogue process. This paper seeks to analyse the actions of the current Kosovo government within this context, providing insights into the complexities of the dialogue process and shedding light on the potential trajectory of Kosovo’s future.

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