Power or peace? Restoration or emancipation through peace processes

26. Oliver P. Richmond, Roger Mac Ginty, Sandra Pogodda and Gëzim Visoka (2020) ‘Power or peace? Restoration or emancipation through peace processes’, Peacebuilding, Online First. Recent critical academic work in Peace and Conflict Studies has concentrated on the agential aspects of peace but has somewhat neglected structural issues and the different types of power that may […]

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Statehood and Recognition in World Politics: Towards a Critical Research Agenda

25. Gëzim Visoka (2021) ‘Statehood and Recognition in World Politics: Towards a Critical Research Agenda’, Cooperation and Conflict, Accepted and forthcoming.  This article offers a critical outlook of existing debates on state recognition and proposes future research directions. It argues that existing knowledge on state recognition and the dominant discourses, norms and practices needs to be problematised […]

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The Geopolitics of State Recognition in a Transitional International Order

24. Edward Newman and Gëzim Visoka, ‘The Geopolitics of State Recognition in a Transitional International Order’, Geopolitics, Online first.  This article explores how geopolitical rivalries and tensions associated with multipolarity in a transitional international order, driven by shifts in great power influence, are shaping the international politics of state recognition. It considers the diplomatic discourse and […]

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Kosovo 20 Years On: Implications for International Order

23. Edward Newman and Gëzim Visoka (2019), ‘Kosovo 20 Years On: Implications for International Order’, The Brown Journal of World Affairs. 26(1): 215-231. Kosovo is a small country that has had a major impact on the evolving international order—the norms and institutions that shape the behavior and practices of states and other international actors. In three controversial policy […]

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Everyday Peace Capture: Nationalism and the Dynamics of Peace after Violent Conflict

22. Gëzim Visoka (2020), ‘Everyday Peace Capture: Nationalism and the Dynamics of Peace after Violent Conflict’, Nations and Nationalism. 26(2): 431-446. Nationalism is arguably one of the most detrimental peace-breaking factors in conflict-affected societies. This article examines how ethno-nationalist elites, subterranean movements, and ordinary people can become blockages to sustainable peace and reconciliation after violent conflict. It […]

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Metis Diplomacy: The Everyday Politics of Becoming a Sovereign State

21. Gëzim Visoka (2019), ‘Metis Diplomacy: The Everyday Politics of Becoming a Sovereign State’, Cooperation and Conflict, 52(2): 167-190. How do emerging states obtain international recognition and secure membership of international organisations in contemporary world politics? This article explores the everyday politics of becoming a sovereign state in world politics. Using the concept of ‘metis’, this […]

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Critique and Alternativity in International Relations

20. Gëzim Visoka (2019), ‘Critique and Alternativity in International Relations’, International Studies Review, 21(4): 678–704. This article critically interrogates the episteme of alternativity in International Relations (IR) to rethink the purpose of critical knowledge in global politics. It questions what critical knowledge is for and whose purpose it serves. While alternativity is the very condition which has […]

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The European Union’s Practice of State Recognition: Between Norms and Interests

19. Edward Newman and Gëzim Visoka (2018), ‘The European Union’s Practice of State Recognition: Between Norms and Interests’, Review of International Studies, 44(4): 760-786. This article explores the European Union’s (EU) practices of international state recognition in a transitional international order. It illustrates the difficulties that the EU has encountered in attempting to reach a collective […]

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The Foreign Policy of State Recognition: Kosovo’s Diplomatic Strategy to Join International Society

18. Edward Newman  and Gëzim Visoka (2018), ‘The Foreign Policy of State Recognition: Kosovo’s Diplomatic Strategy to Join International Society’, Foreign Policy Analysis, 14(3): 367-387.  This article explores the policies and activities undertaken by Kosovo as it seeks diplomatic recognition under conditions of contested statehood and transitional international order. Existing debates about diplomatic recognition – in particular, […]

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The Promise and Future of Neo-Functional Peace: A Reply to Bergmann and Niemann

17. Gëzim Visoka and John Doyle (2018), ‘The Promise and Future of Neo-Functional Peace: A Reply to Bergmann and Niemann’, Journal of Common Market Studies, 56(2): 439-455.  Julian Bergmann and Arne Niemann claim that ‘neo-functional peace’ was insufficiently conceptualised and empirically unsubstantiated. They draw on the original neo-functionalist literature to propose a logic of spill-over to […]

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