New Perspectives on South-East Europe

The Politics of Recognition and Engagement

EU Member State Relations with Kosovo

Editors: Armakolas, Ioannis, Ker-Lindsay, James (Eds.)

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  • Examines the levels of engagement between nine EU countries and Kosovo
  • Explores the concept of 'engagement without recognition’, gaining increasing interest in policy and academic circles
  • Draws on interviews with leading decision makers, newspaper and media sources, official papers
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This edited volume explores the different ways in which members of the European Union have interacted with Kosovo since it declared independence in 2008. While there is a tendency to think of EU states in terms of two distinct groups – those that have recognised Kosovo and those that have not – the picture is more complex. Taking into account also the quality and scope of their engagement with Kosovo, there are four broad categories of member states that can be distinguished: the strong and weak recognisers and the soft and hard non-recognisers. In addition to casting valuable light on the relations between various EU members and Kosovo, this book also makes an important contribution to the way in which the concepts of recognition and engagement, and their relationship to each other, are understood in academic circles and by policy makers.

About the authors

Ioannis Armakolas is Assistant Professor at the Department of Balkan, Slavic and Oriental Studies, University of Macedonia, and Senior Research Fellow and Head of the South-East Europe Programme at the Hellenic Foundation for European and Foreign Policy (ELIAMEP), Greece.

James Ker-Lindsay is Visiting Professor at LSEE-Research on South East Europe at the European Institute, London School of Economics and Political Science, and Research Associate at the Centre for International Studies at Oxford University, UK.

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“Kosovo‘s independence has been a divisive issue in Europe and beyond; it has been (and still is) used as precedent in cases of secessions – or annexation of territory, as in Ukraine. But what this book uniquely demonstrates is the link between foreign policy and domestic politics, which more often than ever drives the behaviour of European countries. It is this link, rather than international law or principles, that has shaped decisions to recognise, engage or ignore the Kosovo; it is also the factor that actually sets the pace of the Western Balkans‘ integration with the EU. The need to marry the domestic and the diplomatic is an inevitable fact of today‘s policy making, which the editors of this volume have very well demonstrated to the benefit of both practitioners and academic research.” (Vessela Tcherneva, Deputy Director, European Council on Foreign Relations )“For a country and region that not so long ago dominated the front pages, it is shocking how little is written about Kosovo and the Balkans today. For that reason alone this book would be a welcome addition to the canon. Beyond that, every chapter makes a serious contribution, not just to discussions about recognition and engagement, but also in providing fascinating insights into how and why the Kosovo question triggered such vastly different reactions, based on ideology, politics and history in each of the countries covered.” (Tim Judah, The Economist)

“This volume eloquently demonstrates that the traditional binary of state recognition versus nonrecognition is not only outdated but also fails to capture pragmatic forms of state recognition. Drawing on scholarly debates and policy knowledge, the book is essential reading for those who want an in-depth understanding of the spectrum of EU member states’ engagement with Kosovo. It is a persuasive invitation to rethink the politics of international recognition and rewrite our diplomatic vocabulary on statehood.” (Gëzim Visoka, Dublin City University, Ireland)

“A proper grasp of what constitutes recognition and engagement is essential for understanding the myriad status disputes and protracted conflicts over sovereignty around the world. Now that we have this compelling volume on the EU and Kosovo, no policy practitioner will be forgiven for simplifying this topic again.” (Thomas de Waal, Senior Fellow, Carnegie Europe)

Table of contents (11 chapters)

Table of contents (11 chapters)

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The Politics of Recognition and Engagement
Book Subtitle
EU Member State Relations with Kosovo
Editors
  • Ioannis Armakolas
  • James Ker-Lindsay
Series Title
New Perspectives on South-East Europe
Copyright
2020
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-17945-8
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-17945-8
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-17944-1
Series ISSN
2662-5857
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XII, 245
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