Kosovo


Anti-Corruption Raids In Kosovo Re-Ignite Existing Tensions

On Tuesday 28th May anti-corruption raids were carried out by authorities in the north of the city of Mitrovica, Kosovo. Al Jazeera states that more than 20 people were arrested, including both citizens and police. However, the raids have provoked deep-seated ethnic tensions between Serbians and Albanians, especially in Kosovo’s […]


Remembering The Kosovo War’s Meja Massacre

On 27 April, hundreds gathered in Meja, Kosovo, in remembrance of the victims of the 1999 Meja Massacre, considered the largest mass killing in the Kosovo War. The Meja Massacre saw the murder of some 370 Albanian Muslims and Catholic civilians by Serbian police and army forces as they fled […]


Kosovo Serb Politician Oliver Ivanović Slain

Moderate Kosovo Serb politician Oliver Ivanović was slain in Mitrovica, Kosovo, on January 16th. Ivanović, the leader of the SDP, died in the hospital after being shot several times in the chest outside his party offices. The New York Times described him as “a rare voice for coexistence of ethnic […]


The San Francisco ‘Comfort Women’ Statue Controversy: A Microcosm Of The Glaring Inadequacy Of The Response Of The International Community To Wartime Sexual Violence

Hirofumi Yoshimura, the Mayor of Japanese city Osaka, decided last week to cut the six-decade tie of his city with San Francisco after the latter city erected a monument in St. Mary’s Square to recognize ‘comfort women,’ namely those women who were enslaved and forced to work in brothels in […]


No UN Compensation For Kosovan Victims Of Lead Poisoning

In 1999, the UN resettled 8,000 refugees fleeing the terror of the Kosovo war with the creation of two refugee camps in an area previously occupied by the Trepca mine. A further three camps were created nearby and all but one of the supposedly temporary camps were adjacent to the […]


Controversial KLA Militia Leader Elected PM Of Kosovo

The stability of the western Balkans, which since the Yugoslav wars has seen internecine ethnic separatist conflicts erupt in what used to be a harmonious multi-national and multi-confessional state, shows no signs of improving, particularly between the nominally neutral Serbia, the self-proclaimed state of Kosovo, and Albania. In addition, the […]


Strained Relations Between Two Balkan Neighbours

The relations between Serbia and Macedonia, which has been tense for years, was further damaged this past April 2017 when Serbian intelligence officer, Goran Zivaljevic, was in the Macedonian Parliament. Protesters attacked and injured members of the Parliament, including Prime Minister Zoran Zaev. Shortly after the European Union and Balkans […]


Kosovo: Is Europe’s ‘Hotbed’ of Islamic Extremism On The Mend?

Kosovo is in the midst of a transition period in its fight against ‘Islamic extremism.’ While the state has been able to stem the outward flow of Kosovan nationals to ISIS and Al Nusra Front, a domestic extremist network continues to operate internally and it remains to be seen what […]


Kosovo And Serbian Conflict

The OSCE, otherwise known as the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe, will be managing and organizing the collection of votes from the Serbian minority within Kosovo. Kosovo has been a difficult situation in the world of international relations for quite a while now. According to Deutsche Welle, a […]


Geopolitics Returns To The Balkans: EU Instability And Russian Involvement Threaten The Region’s Fragile Peace

While the European Union has been hit by one existential crisis after another – from Brexit to Greek debt to the refugee crisis to the rise of far-right to Eurosceptic xenophobic political parties – nationalist and inter-ethnic tensions have been steadily rumbling in the western Balkans. More than twenty years […]