S-Space Graduate School of International Studies (국제대학원) Dept. of International Studies (국제학과) Journal of International and Area Studies Journal of International and Area Studies vol.18 (2011)
Kosovo: A New European Nation-State?
- Chun, Kwang-Ho
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- Institute of International Affairs, Graduate School of International Studies, Seoul National University
- Journal of International and Area Studies, Vol.18 No.1, pp. 87-101
- After declaring independence in February 2008, Kosovo’s challenges changed from the quest for independence to the realties of establishing a stable and economically viable state from nothing. The challenges are exacerbated by an emerging global economic crisis and ensuing increasing pressure on many of the institutions that would be integral to Kosovo’s long term security and success. After briefly reviewing Kosovo’s recent history, this paper examines Kosovo’s performance and progress since independence. Using academic papers, media and NGO reports, and a series of discussions with those involved in the process, as well as independent observers, the paper considers the legal and diplomatic uncertainties emerging from the declaration itself and assesses the political, economic, justice, rule of law and security pillars and their immediate challenges. The paper concludes that whilst the U.S. still remains committed to the stability and success of Kosovo and the wider Balkans, it is the European Union (EU) which, once it overcomes its own current internal issues, offers Kosovo stability and the best prospects as it strives to emerge as a European nation state.
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