Current Projects
Current Projects

VOX POPULI ON THE 'GRAND FINALE' BETWEEN KOSOVO AND SERBIA (Volume II)

Following the first survey, RIDEA Institute conducted a second survey, Vox Populi on the ‘Grand Finale’ between Kosovo and Serbia (Volume II) from 21-28 May 2019. Thus, the main objective of the survey was to understand more in-depth the motives and the attitudes of the citizens regarding the scenarios on the eventual Final Deal between Kosovo and Serbia. The aim of this survey was to understand the situational factors that impact on public support, or the lack of support, for different scenarios on the so-called ‘grand finale’.

THE FUTURE OF THE RECONCILIATION PROCESS WITHIN KOSOVO AND BETWEEN KOSOVO AND SERBIA

This paper analyzes and depicts the process of the reconciliation in Kosovo and between Kosovo and Serbia, by giving an overarching view of the progress, challenges and the opportunities that both countries have. Furthermore, it scans the opportunities that both countries can gain in regard to the reconciliation through the process of the dialogue.


ENERGY AND OTHER RELATED AGREEMENTS FROM THE PAST DIALOGUE (2011-2018): THE WAY FORWARD

This project investigates thoroughly the agreements on the energy and other fields that derivate from the 2011-2018 Kosovo- Serbia dialogue. In addition to that, it gives an analysis on the way forward of the dialogue, especially related to the energy and other agreements.


KOSOVO AND STATE SUCCESSION

State succession can occur in a number of different contexts, including the cession or yielding of territory (for example, the cession of Hong Kong from the United Kingdom to The People's Republic of China in 1997), the incorporation of one state into another (for example, the incorporation of the German Democratic Republic into the Federal Republic of Germany in 1990), the merger of two states (for example, the union of North and South Yemen in 1990), the complete dissolution of a state (as occurred with the Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia in 1991-92), and the secession of part of a state from an existing state, whether consensually (for example, the secession of South Sudan from Sudan in 2011) or non-consensually (as with the secession of Bangladesh [East Pakistan] from Pakistan in 1971). This paper analyzes the case of state succession in the case of former Yugoslavia, with special emphasis on the case of Kosovo.


DISPLACED PERSONS

This paper analyzes displaced persons during the war while aiming to present the pertinent facts about a displaced person during and after the war. The war on Kosovo ended in June 10 of 1999 with the signing of the Kumanovo Military Technical Agreement which ensured the international protectorate of Kosovo. Under the United Nations mandate, the Kosovo Forces (KFOR) entered in Kosovo two days later, on 12th of June 1999. During the war, it was estimated that between 1.2 and 1.45 million Kosovo Albanians were displaced from Kosovo. After the war, as the Serbian security forces were withdrawing from Kosovo and the KFOR were moving in, the Kosovo Albanians were returning from the neighboring countries, whereas some members from the Serb minority were leaving the country.


INVESTMENTS IN KOSOVO OF SOCIALLY OWNED ENTERPRISES OF SERBIA AFTER 1999 AND COMPENSATION OF CREDITORS

This paper will analyze the issue of publicly owned enterprises and socially owned enterprises in light of the claims made above. Moreover it will argue that investments made during the Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia’s existence and those made before 1999 belong to the respective states where those assets and companies are located; secondly, all Serbia’s state property as a successor state of the SFRY including publicly owned enterprises’ assets located in Kosovo shall pass to Kosovo as a successor state; thirdly, socially owned enterprises which are headquartered in one country but have assets in another country, should be exchanged on an equitable the basis or compensated by the respective states; and finally, this paper proposes mechanisms for resolving claims made by the negotiating parties as well as creditors’ claims over publicly owned enterprises and socially owned enterprises.


KOSOVO’S INHERITED INTERNATIONAL DEBT

This paper analysis is oriented on Kosovo’s inherited international debt, while focusing on the obligations that Kosovo has. The aim of this paper is to compare the experiences of other former Yugoslav countries while defining the international creditors and related amounts. It will essentially cover four specific issues, beginning with (I) the internal source and scope of Kosovo’s obligation to comply with the repayment of its inherited international debts; (II) exploring the experience of the other former Yugoslav countries; (III) to define the international creditors and measure or calculate the scope of inherited debt, including, as applicable, both the paid and remaining amounts. The Paper ends with section IV, which sets out conclusions and recommendations.


MISSING PERSONS IN KOSOVO

This paper outlines the reasons and the arguments the dialogue between Kosovo and Serbia has to include in the agenda the issue of missing persons during the armed conflict of 1998-1999 and its aftermath. The aim of this paper is to provide information on the background of armed conflict in Kosovo, international and national legal framework, and operating mechanisms in Kosovo and their input and policy on the issue of missing persons.


THE PENSION AND DISABILITY FUND OF THE FORMER SOCIALIST AUTONOMOUS PROVINCE OF KOSOVA

In this paper, the aim is to estimate the potential debt to contributory pensioners as a prerequisite for claiming compensation from The Republic of Serbia, which unlawfully abolished and suspended the payment of pension benefits to Albanian and Non-Serb contributory pensioners in Kosova.


SERBIAN CULTURAL HERITAGE IN KOSOVO

The cultural heritage of a country is the product of all the various peoples who have inhabited the land from prehistory to modern times, and is therefore as a rule varied and diverse, reflecting the ethnic character of its creators. This paper deals with the Serbian cultural heritage (henceforth, SRCH) in Kosovo and how this can be addressed in the context of an eventual agreement between Kosovo and Serbia on the normalization of their relations. The aim of this paper is that it can serve as a guide to the nexus of complex and sensitive issues which are evoked by the title and which constitute an important ingredient of the Kosovo reality today.


REPARATIONS FOR WAR CRIMES COMMITTED IN KOSOVO IN THE LIGHT OF THE FUTURE COMPREHENSIVE LEGALLY-BINDING AGREEMENT BETWEEN KOSOVO AND SERBIA

This paper explores the magnitude of damage and destruction caused by the authorities of the Republic of Serbia and, as applicable, former The Federal Republic of Yugoslavia, in the territory of Kosovo, ensuing from the war crimes and other related atrocities committed by the said authorities. The methodology is largely based on authoritative data, qualitative and quantitative, produced and published by neutral mediums or institutionalized forums, judicial (e.g., ICTY) and otherwise (e.g., Human Rights Watch) that have exhibited a specifically high degree of objectivity in establishing and presenting them pertinent facts.


TREPÇA

The aim of this paper is to highlight the legal status of enterprises in former Yugoslavia and also the relevance of the relations between the constituent units of the Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia (SFRY).In this context, the specific case which will be analyzed is the socially owned enterprise (SOE) Trepça in Kosovo. Trepça was the largest socially owned enterprise in Kosovo and a major exporter and source of foreign exchange earning in Yugoslavia. It was a large industrial, metallurgical and chemical complex based in Kosovo (though it also had some assets in other parts of Yugoslavia). At its height in the early 1980s, it employed some 22,000 people though the employment level was gradually reduced during the 1980s and later years.


RIDEA Publications
RIDEA Publications RIDEA publishes academic articles in internationally peer-reviewed journals, commentaries and op-eds in the newspapers.
Reports / Policy Briefs
Reports / Policy Briefs VOX POPULI ON THE ‘GRAND FINALE’ BETWEEN KOSOVO AND SERBIA (VOLUME I).
Academic Articles
Academic Articles Essentially Contested? Kosovo’s Perplexing and Mixed International Statebuilding Record. Gëzim Krasniqi.
Journal of European and International Affairs (JEIA)
Journal of European and International Affairs (JEIA) The overall state of the sphere of academic or scholarly publications in Kosovo, Albania, Montenegro and other countries.
Commentary/OP-ED
Commentary/OP-ED Brussels Prelude to Kosovo (The Parliament) 31st October 2013. Labinot Greiçevci.
E-newsletter
E-newsletter Biannual summary of RIDEAs activities in different aspects.