The Policing Gap: Law and Order in the New Kosovo
The Policing Gap: Law and Order in the New Kosovo
Table of Contents
  1. Executive Summary
How to Relaunch the Kosovo-Serbia Dialogue
How to Relaunch the Kosovo-Serbia Dialogue
Report 74 / Europe & Central Asia

The Policing Gap: Law and Order in the New Kosovo

During June and July 1999 international military and civilian organisations entered a territory from which every form of administration and authority had become suddenly absent.

Executive Summary

During June and July 1999 international military and civilian organisations entered a territory from which every form of administration and authority had become suddenly absent.  Their job was to provide all forms of government while preparing the people of Kosovo to take over that responsibility.

Such a difficult and unprecedented task, the imposition of a foreign administration on a society technically in anarchy, is bound to encounter problems.  This report examines the issue of law and order, a natural priority in a society so recently subject to fundamental upheaval.  It attempts to assess whether permanent damage is being suffered in this difficult early period, when policing is being carried out by KFOR soldiers pending the deployment of the UN Civilian Police.  It concludes by suggesting how the risk of damage can be minimised.

Prishtine/Pristina, 6 August 1999

How to Relaunch the Kosovo-Serbia Dialogue

Online Event to discuss Crisis Group's report "Relaunching the Kosovo-Serbia Dialogue", in which we discussed what currently stands in the way of a new status quo and what it will take to relaunch the process with the Pristina elections in view.

Thirteen years after Kosovo broke away from Serbia, the two countries remain mired in mutual non-recognition, with deleterious effects on both. The parties need to move past technicalities to tackle the main issues at stake: Pristina’s independence and Belgrade’s influence over Kosovo’s Serbian minority.

In this conversation, we discussed what currently stands in the way of a new status quo and what it will take to relaunch the process with the Pristina elections in view.

How to Relaunch the Kosovo-Serbia Dialogue (Online Event, 28th January 2021)

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