On 1st of August, Prishtina Institute for Political Studies published the report "A Critical Overview of the Organization and Implementation of Kosovo’s Foreign Policy". The report particularly discusses the functioning of Ministry of Foreign Affairs, while at a larger scale it focuses on Kosovo’s foreign policy as a whole. In terms of findings, the report identifies the need for intervention in the internal structure of MFA (its organogram). The reports recommends modifying and changing the thematic departments within MFA, by merging two or more of them where it is allowed, and creating new ones; adding divisions to the thematic departments; increasing the number of General Director to two or more. Amongst key recommendations, the report suggests that MFA should particularly intensify its actions in: 1. Nurturing relations with recognizing countries, by creating a systematic approach of communication with these countries, as an issue of vast importance. Currently, within the existing setup of MFA, there are no departments nor Desk Officers covering solely countries of specific regions. 2. Taking advantage of the Title II of SAA for Political Dialogue. The title II of Stabilization Association Agreement, signed by Kosovo and EU, notes that EU will assist Kosovo’s integration to democratic international community, where circumstances allow. Until now, this provision has not been utilized. MFA should further work upon this provision, through asking for official assistance of EU in its integration process. 3. Relations with Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH). Kosovo should seek full normalization of relations with BiH, as an issue of great importance for solving the open disputes in the region. Kosovo should ask EU to incorporate full normalization of relations of BiH with Kosovo as a criteria for its European path. In addition, the report discusses several internal and external challenges of Kosovo’s foreign policy: the fragility of international legitimacy, Kosovo’s image and negative reputation of its leaders, the politization of the diplomatic staff and inter-institutional coordination.This roundtable was organized as part of the project "Improving Democratic Practices and Decision-Making Quality in Kosovo's Foreign Policy", funded by the DSP scheme managed by KCSF, funded by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation and the Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
The second seminar of the School for Political Studies was held from July 21-23 and July 28-30. Over the course of six days the participants participated in lectures by public policy experts in the areas of political ideology and its effects on public policy.
School for Political Studies has held an online lecture & discussion with Dr. Gëzim Visoka on the topic "Peace through mutual recognition: The current situation in Kosovo and future opportunities".
On 15 July School for Political Studies held a discussion with Mr. Shpend Ahmeti, Mayor of the Municipality of Prishtina on the topic of "Effects of the pandemic on the Kosovar economy".
On July 7, the Pristina Institute for Political Studies (PIPS) published the policy analysis "Rationalization of Independent Agencies and Regulators in Kosovo". The analysis drafted after a period of several months of research provides an overview of the current situation of public administration reform, namely the implementation of the rationalization of independent, executive and regulatory agencies.