Western Balkans Strategy Group
Position Paper on the Land Swap Proposal between Serbia and Kosovo
This brief examines the pitfalls of border change as a possible solution to the Serbia-Kosovo problem, and addresses the question of integrity of the international community’s involvement into this discourse. It does so by confronting value-based and pragmatic-realpolitik arguments, essentially arguing that partitioning Kosovo is neither a guarantee for normalization, nor a step towards the EU for both Kosovo and Serbia.
A Map of the Dangers of a Land Swap Agreement, as in Le Monde (French)
"Discussed this summer by the Kosovar and Serb presidents, as well as by a close friend of Donald Trump, the project to redraw the borders in the Western Balkans is presented as a solution of stability after twenty years of frozen conflicts. Ethnic mosaics, crucial infrastructure, cultural sites are all obstacles to the project of redefining the borders between Kosovo and Serbia."