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The Serbia-Kosovo Agreements: An eu Success Story?

The Serbia-Kosovo Agreements: An eu Success Story? The agreements between Serbia and Kosovo—mediated by the eu since 2011—constitute a major step toward the normalization of relations between the two countries following Kosovo’s declaration of independence in 2008. They are also a test case for eu mediation and its ability to utilize the prospect of accession to address protracted conflicts. This article argues that the eu used creative ambiguity, as well direct pressure, in facilitating a number of agreements between Serbia and Kosovo. While this approach has yielded concrete results, it also bears risks, as the process was top-down and, also, left considerable room for divergent and conflicting interpretations of key provisions. This article will trace the negotiations and identify the particular features of the process. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Review of Central and East European Law Brill

The Serbia-Kosovo Agreements: An eu Success Story?

Review of Central and East European Law , Volume 40 (3-4): 285 – Dec 15, 2015

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Brill
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© 2015 by Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, The Netherlands
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Articles
ISSN
0925-9880
eISSN
1573-0352
DOI
10.1163/15730352-04003008
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Abstract

The agreements between Serbia and Kosovo—mediated by the eu since 2011—constitute a major step toward the normalization of relations between the two countries following Kosovo’s declaration of independence in 2008. They are also a test case for eu mediation and its ability to utilize the prospect of accession to address protracted conflicts. This article argues that the eu used creative ambiguity, as well direct pressure, in facilitating a number of agreements between Serbia and Kosovo. While this approach has yielded concrete results, it also bears risks, as the process was top-down and, also, left considerable room for divergent and conflicting interpretations of key provisions. This article will trace the negotiations and identify the particular features of the process.

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Review of Central and East European LawBrill

Published: Dec 15, 2015

Keywords: conflict resolution; European Union; interethnic relations; Kosovo; Serbia

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