Annual review of Kosovo's foreign affairs
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Annual review of Kosovo's foreign affairs

February 2020

Kosovo's diplomatic battle to become an equal member of the international society continues twelve years after declaring independence. Since 2008 Kosovo has scored significant progress in fostering its institutional structure and international recognition by now being recognised by the majority of UN members and being part of several important multilateral mechanisms. On the other hand, Kosovo's international legitimacy continues to be impaired by being out of major international organizations such as UN, NATO, Council of Europe and OSCE and not recognised by five EU member countries. Since its establishment in 2008 Kosovo's foreign policy is largely aligned and executed in coordination with its partner Western countries, however it also has to face continuous counter-diplomacy of Serbia and Russia who extensively attempt to block Kosovo's integration. Amidst these challenging international dealings, increasing Kosovo's international integration coupled with combating Serbian counter-diplomacy have been the predominant challenges of Kosovo's foreign policy and diplomatic mission. The following report examines Kosovo's foreign affairs in 2019, analysing its implementation process, as well as international developments which may have influenced its results, divided on these sections: diplomatic recognition, bilateral relations, normalisation of relations with Serbia, EU integration and multilateral relations. An additional section discusses challenges in the internal functioning of the MFA and recommendations on overcoming them.

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Annual Survey International Politics and Kosovo-Serbia Dialogue 28 December 20200

Annual Survey International Politics and Kosovo-Serbia Dialogue

'International Politics and Kosovo-Serbia Dialogue: Perceptions of Kosovo Citizens' is published on an annual basis under the Foreign Policy Analysis Program (FPAP), which is one of the main PIPS programs. This is the third edition of the survey, published in collaboration with the Konrad Adenauer Stiftung (KAS) office in Prishtina.

The purpose of this edition of the survey is to provide data and results on public perceptions of Kosovar citizens on: International politics and international actors, a section which provides data on perceptions in relation to international politics and regional and global actors, including countries and international organizations & The process of Kosovo-Serbia dialogue, more precisely the perceptions of Kosovar citizens about the Washington Agreement, the association of Serb Majority municipalities and reaching a final agreement for the normalization of relations between the two countries.
Mapping the effects of Covid-19 in international politics 30 September 20200

Mapping the effects of Covid-19 in international politics

Although the technological and scientific advancements of the recent decades have improved human's ability to respond to diseases such as Covid-19, their consequences are far from muted, thereby the coronavirus has been an important factor behind recent changes in the realm of diplomacy and relations between governments and international organizations. The key questions revolving around such a puzzle pertain to the geopolitical implications that have been produced to the current global order and international actors. This short paper maps several effects that Covid-19 has produced on international politics thus far. This document lists three fields in which Covid-19 can produce substantial impact: the relations between the US and China, the ideas of globalization and armed conflict and political violence.

Kosovo's membership in the World Health Organization (WHO) 23 September 20200

Kosovo's membership in the World Health Organization (WHO)

Membership in the WHO is part of the current Government Program 2020-2023 and has been mentioned sporadically since the declaration of independence in 2008, nevertheless Kosovo has never applied for accession. Based on the latter, this short paper will discuss the chances of Kosovo's membership in the World Health Organization (WHO). It proceeds by offering a short discussion in respect to Kosovo's multilateral efforts until this point, as one of the key pillars of its foreign policy. 

Partitë politike - Funksioni dhe organizimi në shoqëritë demokratike 27 August 20200

Partitë politike - Funksioni dhe organizimi në shoqëritë demokratike

Ky libër i paraqet partitë politike si institucione qendrore të demokracisë moderne. Karakteristikat dhe funksionet e partive, elementi bazik i organizimit të tyre, konteksti politik dhe social, si dhe problemet e demokracisë së partisë dhe sfidat e veçanta që partitë ballafaqohen me to janë temat kryesore. Në libër PIPS prezantohet me punimin "Partitë politike në Kosovë". Vecanërisht, kjo pjesë ofron një analizë përshkruese të historikut që ka formësuar partitë politike në Kosovë që nga viti 1945, përshkruan partitë aktuale parlamentare dhe tiparet e tyre kryesore, diskuton aspektet ideologjike të partive politike dhe ndikimet e tyre mbi sistemin politik, duke u fokusuar vecanërisht në bashkëpunimin partiak pas vitit 1999.