Denisa Kostovicova

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    Sitting on the fence: How the London summit exposed the inertia in the EU’s reconciliation policy for the Western Balkans

Sitting on the fence: How the London summit exposed the inertia in the EU’s reconciliation policy for the Western Balkans

The 2018 Western Balkans Summit was held in London on 9-10 July. As Denisa Kostovicova explains, there was hope that the summit might officially launch a regional fact-finding commission – RECOM – which would record the victims of human rights violations to help aid the reconciliation process in the region. However, even though the summit put legacy issues on […]

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    For whom does justice work? The Mladić verdict and prospects for reconciliation in the Balkans

For whom does justice work? The Mladić verdict and prospects for reconciliation in the Balkans

Former Bosnian Serb general, Ratko Mladić, has been found guilty of genocide and war crimes at the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY). Reacting to the verdict, Denisa Kostovicova states there is broad consensus that the work of the ICTY has not translated into reconciliation among the affected communities in the Balkans. However, it is problematic to […]

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    What previous political divorces in Europe tell us about the emotional impact of Brexit

What previous political divorces in Europe tell us about the emotional impact of Brexit

Much of the coverage of the UK’s decision to leave the European Union has focused on the political and economic fallout of the vote, but what is the emotional impact of Brexit likely to be on those living in the UK? Denisa Kostovicova draws on two examples – the breakup of Yugoslavia and Czechoslovakia – to illustrate how the […]

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    Reaction to Brexit around Europe: How the result affects the Balkans

Reaction to Brexit around Europe: How the result affects the Balkans

How does the UK’s referendum result affect other countries around Europe? Denisa Kostovicova outlines what Brexit is likely to mean for states in the Balkans, noting that it will clearly affect countries currently pursuing EU membership, and that the wider prospects for the region look decidedly more uncertain this morning than they did yesterday.

Balkan leaders wanted one result in […]

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    The Karadzic verdict: How the trial played out and what it means for Bosnia

The Karadzic verdict: How the trial played out and what it means for Bosnia

Following a lengthy trial, the former Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadzic has been found guilty on one count of genocide as well as numerous crimes against humanity in the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia in The Hague. Denisa Kostovicova assesses what the verdict means for Bosnia, writing that although the outcome of the trial is highly symbolic for […]

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    The ICJ ruling on genocide by Croatia and Serbia should be a starting point for genuine reconciliation between the two countries

The ICJ ruling on genocide by Croatia and Serbia should be a starting point for genuine reconciliation between the two countries

On 3 February, the International Court of Justice ended a 16-year legal battle between Serbia and Croatia by ruling that neither country was guilty of genocide during the Croatian War in the early 1990s. Denisa Kostovicova writes on the response to the ruling in both countries, and what it means for attempts at reconciliation. She notes that while many […]

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    Serbia now has a pro-European parliament, but the country’s path to EU accession looks as uncertain as ever

Serbia now has a pro-European parliament, but the country’s path to EU accession looks as uncertain as ever

The pro-European Serbian Progressive Party secured a clear victory in Serbia’s elections on 16 March. Denisa Kostovicova writes that while Serbia now has a pro-European parliament, the country’s path to EU accession is more complex than it appears. The new government will have a notably pragmatic approach to Europe, but the issue of Kosovo is still likely to present […]

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Bosnia’s civil disorder is a consequence of the stranglehold ‘networked’ elites continue to have over the country

Riots and demonstrations have spread across Bosnia and Herzegovina since 4 February, with many protesters calling for the resignation of the country’s government. Denisa Kostovicova writes on the reasons behind the civil disorder, including the delicate ethnic balance between Bosnian Serbs, Bosnian Croats, and Bosnian Muslims. She argues that the primary cause of the riots is widespread corruption, which privileges […]

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The trial of Ratko Mladic at the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia shows once again that it is possible to have justice without reconciliation.

In May, the main hearings of the trial of the accused war criminal, Ratko Mladic, began in the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) in The Hague. Denisa Kostovicova argues that the narrow perpetrator-centred approach of the ICTY means that the role and complicity of specific groups in war crimes is not debated. However, the on-going scrutiny of […]

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Last week Serbia was granted candidate status for joining the EU, which may offer a way forward for Serbia’s future relationship with Kosovo. But rocky times may still lie ahead

Serbia has been firmly opposed to recognising Kosovo ever since it declared independence in 2008. Now, the country faces a dilemma. If its EU candidacy is to move forward, Serbia must embrace regional cooperation, including with Kosovo. Denisa Kostovicova argues that much now depends on how Serbia acts towards Kosovo in the near-term following Belgrade-Pristina agreement that paved way for […]

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