Inter-Ethnic Relations in Kosovo

SEEU Review. 2017;12(1):181-196 DOI 10.1515/seeur-2017-0013


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Journal Title: SEEU Review

ISSN: 1857-8462 (Online)

Publisher: Sciendo

Society/Institution: South East European University

LCC Subject Category: Law | Political science: Political science (General)

Country of publisher: Poland

Language of fulltext: English

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Demjaha Agon (State University of Tetovo and South East European University, Tetovo, Macedonia (the former Yugoslav Republic of))


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Time From Submission to Publication: 10 weeks


Abstract | Full Text

The paper aims to analyse the state of inter-ethnic relations in Kosovo between ethnic Albanians and ethnic Serbs, with special focus on the period after unilateral declaration of independence of Kosovo in 2008. Inter-ethnic conflict in Kosovo has exclusively been over its territory since both Serbs and Albanians have made claims about history and ethno-demography to justify their alleged exclusive right to this ethnically mixed region. Consequently, inter-ethnic relations between Albanians and Serbs in Kosovo have been rather problematic throughout the most of the 20th century. During this period Albanians in Kosovo have been subjected to discrimination, intimidation and even mass expulsion by Yugoslav/Serb authorities. In late 1990s, these relations between Albanians and Serbs in Kosovo have progressively worsened and finally escalated in an armed warfare in 1999.