No. 9: Ahead of the Status Decision: Kosovo Between New Violence and Volatile Peace
Author(s): Cornelius Friesendorf
Editor(s): Daniel Möckli
Series: CSS Analysis in Security Policy
Publisher(s): Center for Security Studies (CSS), ETH Zurich
Publication Year: 2007
The fate of Kosovo will be determined in the near future. The stabilization of this restless province is a crucial component of establishing a new order on the Balkans after the breakup of Yugoslavia. It is a key challenge for European security policy and a test for relations between the West and Russia. Serbs and Kosovar Albanians have not agreed on the peace plan elaborated by UN Special Representative Martti Ahtisaari. As far as the West is concerned, all indications point towards independence.