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A photograph of U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton meeting with Kosovan Prime Minister Hashim Thaci at the U.S. Department of State in Washington, D.C., on April 4, 2012.

Institutions must be enlisted to end ethnic dispute.

Transforming Conflict in Kosovo

January 2011, Number 02.01

“The suffering of the recent war continues to influence relations between communities in Kosovo. Moving forward while remembering the past is a challenge that communities in Kosovo are facing.

Ethnic relations continue to be influenced by the violence of the 1990s. Those experiences do not belong to the past but remain an open wound, making reconciliation difficult. Hence, it is important to analyze thoroughly the root causes of the conflict between the Serbian and Albanian communities and then to reflect on them rationally with the aim of finding a resolution. It is important that members of the communities take an open-minded view of the future so that their past perceptions of each other change positively...”

Excerpt from Elhami Shaqiri, “Transforming Conflict in Kosovo,” per Concordiam: Journal of European Security Defense Issues 2, No. 1, 2011: 38-39.

Elhami Shaqiri is a freelance investment consultant and a doctoral candidate in international relations at the Université Catholique de Louvain in Belgium. He has worked in international business and has earned two master’s degrees, one in international politics and one in international trade, from the Université Libre de Bruxelles in Belgium.

This article reflects the views of the author and are not necessarily the official policy of the United States, Germany, or any other governments.