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What do Kosovo’s Election Results Mean for Inter-ethnic Relations, Reconciliation and Transitional Justice?

The results of last Sunday’s parliamentary elections in Kosovo have been hailed in local, regional, and international media as a turning point. Being the first post-independence elections in which former UÇK (Kosovo Liberation Army) commander Hashim Thaçi’s Democratic Party of Kosovo (PDK) did not secure the largest share of the vote, they can indeed be…

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Haradinaj’s Resignation 2.0: The Continued Politicisation of Transitional Justice in Kosovo

While Ramush Haradinaj’s resignation as Kosovo Prime Minister sparked dramatic reactions, and ignited speculation about political ramifications, these latest developments highlight continuity more than change. The continuing influence of UÇK (Kosovo Liberation Army) veterans in Kosovo’s political landscape, the continual use, on all sides, of war crimes cases for political gain, and the continuing one-dimensional…

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Serbia’s Orthodox Far-Right Increases its Visibility — and Adaptability — with Protests

There is something rotten in the state of Serbia. The on-going anti-government protests, which began on November 30th, 2018, are manifestations of major dissatisfaction with the rule of President Aleksandar Vucic. The protests are clearly indicative of a deeper malaise. Popular anger at increasing media censorship, corruption, instances of political violence, and the marginalization of…

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Beyond Balkanism

Beyond Balkanism: The Scholarly Politics of Region Making By Diana Mishkova Routledge, 282 pp., £115, July 2018, 9780815376705   In 1998, Maria Todorova opened her seminal work, Imagining the Balkans, by asserting that a ‘spectre is haunting Western culture – the spectre of the Balkans.’ This had been the case throughout the early twentieth century,…

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Sarajevo’s Cities: Being ‘We’ in Bosnia

Sarajevo has always been a remarkable place, in at least the sense of being worth a remark; not always for desirable reasons it must be said, although its beauty and hospitality have never gone unnoticed either.  Most contemporary mentions of Sarajevo refer to the siege, ethnic cleansing and war criminals, relying on a well-established narrative…

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Memory of Wounds: Refugee Reflections Two Decades Later

The life of a refugee is counted in moments. Never knowing what tomorrow will bring. In the above photo are my people – the refugees – at the front of the factory that was our home for years before bidding it farewell on a morning bus that took us to Australia, April 1999.   I found…

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The Arc of Kosovo

When I reflect on it, in one way or another, Kosovo has always been a part of my life. This was so from my earliest days growing up in an immigrant Serb enclave in the American rustbelt. You might say I was immersed in it, though I hardly understood it at the time. Like just…

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Moldova’s Political Crisis: A Problem of the EU’s Own Making

On Moldova’s current crisis, the EU’s role in facilitating its state capture, oligarchs, and the country’s competing pro-EU political forces.   Out on the distant fringe of the Balkans, The Republic of Moldova not only struggles to cope with its longstanding breakaway state of Transnistria, but now faces a political crisis with two rival presidents…

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Aleksandar Vucic, the Director of Serbia’s Political Theater of the Surreal

Regime-organized rallies, fake analysts and experts, fake PhDs, and a tabloid-mediated alternate reality: Welcome to Aleksandar Vucic’s Serbia.   ‘Disunity’ is the term that best describes Serbian society today. Under the authoritarian regime of Serbian president Aleksandar Vucic, a political impasse has unfolded that threatens dialogue, understanding and compromise. The President’s party, Serbian Progressive Party…

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From Tradition to Art: Albanian Dowry Practices Adapt to the 21st Century

Among Albanians, it is tradition that when a woman is to be married, she must construct her dowry (Albanian: çejz, pronounced CH-aze). Taking the form of an exhibition that is supposed to be seen by everyone, traditional Albanian dowries consist of objects and many garments.   ‘Çejz’ entered the Albanian language during Ottoman rule (in…

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