Publications

Survey: International Politics and Kosovo-Serbia Dialogue

The survey aims to offer a set of data and results on people's perceptions on international politics and the dialogue between Kosovo and Serbia.

THE IMPACT OF COVID-19 ON DIGITAL TRANSFORMATION

DIGITAL TRANSFORMATION - A PILLAR OF ECONOMIC RECOVERY

Inevitably, similar to other countries in the world, the COVID-19 pandemic negatively affected the Kosovo economy, leading to economic decline since the lockdown of the economy. Thus, Covid-19 had a major impact on businesses, society and the economy in general and has significantly accelerated the need for digital transformation of companies. Among other things, Covid-19 has built a new narrative of how to do business taking into account the changes caused to companies of all sectors. Therefore, it is important to discuss ways for companies to orient themselves towards mitigating the economic consequences of the pandemic and to adapt accordingly in order to cope with it.

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Unstable Political Situation in Kosovo

The Kosovo Special Tribunal Confirms the Most Important Charges

On 5 November, Hashim Thaçi, President of the Republic of Kosovo and former political leader of the UÇK (Kosovo Liberation Army), resigned from office as State President following confirmation of his indictment by the Kosovo Special Tribunal in the Hague. During a press conference, Thaçi explained that he would step down as President to safeguard the integrity of Kosovo and would present himself to the Hague. A few hours earlier, Kadri Veseli, Leader of the PDK (Democratic Party of Kosovo, third strongest party in the 2019 elections), former President of the Parliament and Chief of the Kosovo Secret Service during the war, declared that the indictment against him had also been confirmed in the Hague, and that he would voluntarily present himself to the Special Tribunal.

EU-mediated Kosovo-Serbia dialogue

A new attempt or resumption with the old approach?

The paper aims to analyze the process of mediation of the dialogue between Kosovo and Serbia by the EU, through the common foreign and security policy. Based on the analysis, the paper provides a series of recommendations for the current stage when the EU has already appointed a special envoy for the Kosovo-Serbia dialogue and other Western Balkan issues, underlining the need for greater support for this process by the member states

Political Parties

Functions and Organisation in Democratic Societies

KAS in cooperation with PIPS publishes the second edition of the book "Political Parties" by Wilhelm Hofmeister and Karsten Grabow in Albanian, with the updated chapter "Political Parties in Kosovo"

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Change of Government in Kosovo: 
 Constitutional Court Paves the Way

According to the Constitutional Court ruling, a new government led by Avdullah Hoti of the LDK is expected to be formed swiftly

Following the overthrow of the previous government by a vote of no confidence on 25 March 2020 initiated by the coalition partner Democratic League of Kosovo (LDK), there has long been uncertainly about further political developments on the Kosovo field. Although on 30 April President Hashim Thaçi had mandated Avdullah Hoti of the LDK to form a government, the legitimacy of the mandate was however called into question and brought before the Constitutional Court by members of the Vetëvendosje (VV), the party belonging to the toppled Prime Minister Albin Kurti. The legal blockade for the formation of a new government has now been eliminated with the final decision taken by the Constitutional Court: late in the evening on 28 May, the Constitutional Court ruled that President Thaçi acted lawfully when he gave Hoti the task of forming the government.

REUTERS/Alkis Konstantinidis

Balkans: Geopolitics in Times of Corona

Foreign Aid and Public Relations Work and Their Perception in South East Europe

The coronavirus pandemic is a stress test for global value chains, national health systems and the resilience of societies – with no clear outcome. Against the backdrop of the crisis, we are also witnessing a geopolitical, systemic competition to win the hearts and minds of states and societies and to dominate global narratives. True to the motto that every crisis harbours an opportunity, the People´s Republic of China and the Russian Federation in particular are striving to gain sympathies in selected countries through rapid aid and its propagandistic staging, so as to highlight the superiority of their own systems and thus to expand their soft power. It would be naive to assume that their actions are guided solely by humanitarian considerations and international solidarity. What´s more, they are applying illegitimate methods such as fake news and disinformation campaigns as well.

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Regierung im Kosovo zerbrochen: Misstrauensvotum in Zeiten von Corona

Regierungskoalition der ungleichen Partner Vetëvendosje und Demokratische Liga des Kosovo durch Misstrauensvotum zu Fall gebracht – Handlungsfähigkeit der Exekutive in Gefahr

Über den von der konservativen LDK initiierten und von 42 Abgeordneten unterzeichneten Misstrauensantrag gegen die eigene Regierung wurde am Abend des 25. März 2020 nach einer 12-stündigen Marathonsitzung abgestimmt. 82 Abgeordnete stimmten gegen die von Ministerpräsident Albin Kurti (VV) angeführte Regierung, 32 Parlamentarier sprachen ihm das Vertrauen aus, einer enthielt sich. Die Koalition der ungleichen Partner, der linksnationalistischen VV und der Mitte-Rechts-Partei LDK, ist damit nach nur 52 Tagen zerbrochen. Inmitten der Corona-Krise steht im Kosovo die Handlungsfähigkeit der Exekutive zur Disposition. Nur wenige Stunden nach der Abstimmung wurde Kurtis Gegenspieler Avdullah Hoti (LDK) von der Position des ersten stellvertretenden Premierministers enthoben.

Peace Agreement between Kosovo and Serbia: Opportunities and Challenges

Since 2011, when the dialogue on the normalization of relations between Kosovo and Serbia, facilitated by the European Union, began, ideas have been circulated and a series of debates have been held on the possibility of reaching a peace agreement in the form of a legally binding document. Such a stance has been increasingly taking place in the context of media debates, official statements by state leaders of Kosovo and Serbia, and more recently, the European Union and the United States. This study sheds light on current debates on the possibility of finalizing this dialogue through a binding agreement of both countries, which would be binding and implemented under the auspices of the international community and would serve as a platform for a lasting and durable solution to all disputes between the two countries.

International Politics and Kosovo-Serbia Dialogue: Perceptions of Kosovo Citizens

The purpose of this edition of the survey is to provide data and results on public perceptions of Kosovar citizens for the three following aspects: 1. International politics and international actors, 2. Kosovo's foreign policy and international position and 3. The Kosovo-Serbia dialogue process