Event Title

THE DELAYED KOSOVO SECURITY STRATEGY

Presenter Information

Albatros Rexhaj
Behar Selimi

Session

Security Studies

Description

In 2010, the Government of Kosovo approved the draft of Kosovo’s Security Strategy. However, for reasons unknown, this draft strategy was never presented to the Assembly of Kosovo for adoption, as required by law. With the principle of comparability as a research tool, this paper proves that the 2010 draft strategy is relatively similar to the National Security Strategies of other Western Balkans countries. The authors argue that these documents, Kosovo’s draft strategy included, are not a result of internal debates and analysis but rather external influence.

In the case of Kosovo, considering the fragility of the state-building process due to the failure to reach a final peace settlement with Serbia, imported strategy models are not applicable. As a young state, a comprehensive internal debate on identifying the national interests of Kosovo and potential threats to these interests is essential before any attempt to draft and adopt the Security Strategy. By drawing on two theoretical approaches, the securitization theory and the state-building theory, this paper dwells on the most effective courses of action for developing a comprehensive applicable National Security Strategy for Kosovo.

Keywords:

national security, national interests, strategy, state-building, securitization.

Proceedings Editor

Edmond Hajrizi

ISBN

978-9951-550-47-5

Location

UBT Kampus, Lipjan

Start Date

30-10-2021 12:00 AM

End Date

30-10-2021 12:00 AM

DOI

10.33107/ubt-ic.2021.137

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THE DELAYED KOSOVO SECURITY STRATEGY

UBT Kampus, Lipjan

In 2010, the Government of Kosovo approved the draft of Kosovo’s Security Strategy. However, for reasons unknown, this draft strategy was never presented to the Assembly of Kosovo for adoption, as required by law. With the principle of comparability as a research tool, this paper proves that the 2010 draft strategy is relatively similar to the National Security Strategies of other Western Balkans countries. The authors argue that these documents, Kosovo’s draft strategy included, are not a result of internal debates and analysis but rather external influence.

In the case of Kosovo, considering the fragility of the state-building process due to the failure to reach a final peace settlement with Serbia, imported strategy models are not applicable. As a young state, a comprehensive internal debate on identifying the national interests of Kosovo and potential threats to these interests is essential before any attempt to draft and adopt the Security Strategy. By drawing on two theoretical approaches, the securitization theory and the state-building theory, this paper dwells on the most effective courses of action for developing a comprehensive applicable National Security Strategy for Kosovo.