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The obstacles to sustainable peace and democracy in post-independence Kosovo

Visoka, Gëzim (2011) The obstacles to sustainable peace and democracy in post-independence Kosovo. Journal of Conflict Transformation & Security, 1 (2). pp. 25-38. ISSN 2045-1903

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This article examines how the prospects for building a sustainable peace, establishing a democratic polity and consolidating sovereignty in Kosovo are constrained by a number of endogenous and exogenous factors. The article highlights how the fragmentation of sovereignty is affected by Serb parallel structures and an overlapping and divided international presence, and how social emancipation is obstructed by weak governance, ethnic power-sharing and social injustice. The article argues that building sustainable peace is more likely when there is sufficient local autonomy and ownership of processes, an effective functioning of democracy and state institutions, as well as social emancipation and a locally-owned transformation of ethnic hostilities and differences.

Item Type:Article (Published)
Uncontrolled Keywords:Kosovo; Serbia; Ahtisaari Proposal; sovereignty; status-neutral; parallel structures; governance
Subjects:Social Sciences > Political science
DCU Faculties and Centres:Research Initiatives and Centres > Centre for International Studies (CIS)
DCU Faculties and Schools > Faculty of Humanities and Social Science > School of Law and Government
Publisher:Centre for Strategic Research and Analysis - CESRAN
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Use License:This item is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-Share Alike 3.0 License. View License
ID Code:17123
Deposited On:11 Sep 2012 12:05 by Gezim Visoka. Last Modified 25 Jan 2017 10:43

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