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USIP: Kosovo: Ethnic Nationalism at Its Territorial Worst

Authors: Daniel P. Serwer, professor, Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies, and Yll Bajraktari
August 2006


This link is to a report from the United States Institute for Peace’s report on ethnic conflict in Kosovo. The report argues that the international community's military and financial investments in the Balkans over the past fifteen years have led to substantial improvements in most of the territories of the former Yugoslavia, but that this progress will be put at risk if talks on Kosovo's status lead to de facto ethnoterritorial separation, with Serbs governed on their own territory by Belgrade. Partition could trigger another wave of violence, mass displacement of civilians, and instability in multiethnic states of the region.

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