Normal Peace: A New Strategic Narrative of Intervention

16. Nicolas Lemay-Hébert and Gëzim Visoka (2017), ‘Normal Peace: A New Strategic Narrative of Intervention’, Politics and Governance, 5(3): 146-156.  International actors have used multiple discursive frameworks for justifying interventions, from human security to the responsibility to protect, and, most recently, resilience-building. We argue that, the language of normalization, hidden behind these narratives of interventions, has […]

Continue Reading

After Liberal Peace? From Failed Statebuilding to an Emancipatory Peace in Kosovo

15. Gëzim Visoka and Oliver P. Richmond (2017), ‘After Liberal Peace? From Failed Statebuilding to an Emancipatory Peace in Kosovo’, International Studies Perspectives, 18(1): 110-129. Attempts to build a liberal peace and a concurrent neoliberal state in Kosovo have not managed to produce a sustainable and emancipatory peace. Instead, they have produced a local and negative […]

Continue Reading

Albanian Peacekeepers: Exploring the Inward-looking Utility of International Peacekeeping

14. Elvin Gjevori and Gëzim Visoka (2016), ‘Albanian Peacekeepers: Exploring the Inward-looking Utility of International Peacekeeping’, International Peacekeeping, 23(4): 513-539. This article provides the first comprehensive account of Albania’s contribution to international peacekeeping and explores its inward-looking rationales for providing peacekeepers. Specifically, we examine why Albania has energetically supported NATO- and EU-led military and crisis management […]

Continue Reading

Neo-Functional Peace: The European Union Way of Resolving Conflicts

13. Gëzim Visoka and John Doyle (2016), ‘Neo-Functional Peace: The European Union Way of Resolving Conflicts’, Journal of Common Market Studies, 54(4): 862-877.  The European Union has expanded its role in preventing conflicts and building peace, but its institutional practices remain insufficiently conceptualised. This article argues that drawing from a strong self-perception towards a neo-functionalist interpretation of […]

Continue Reading

Arrested Truth: Transitional Justice and the Politics of Remembrance in Kosovo

12. Gëzim Visoka (2016), ‘Arrested Truth: Transitional Justice and the Politics of Remembrance in Kosovo’, Journal of Human Rights Practice, 8(1): 62-80. This article examines the documentation of war crimes and human losses in Kosovo under the conditions of contested transitional justice and ethno-nationalist politics of remembrance. The article argues that the documentation of war crimes in […]

Continue Reading

Peace is what we make of it? Peace-shaping events and ‘non-events’

11. Gëzim Visoka (2016), ‘Peace is what we make of it? Peace-shaping events and ‘non-events”, Peacebuilding, 4(1): 54-70. Attempts to build peace often fail to achieve the intended outcomes. Such endeavours often lead to unintended effects shaped by multiple factors, events, and actors. This raises the question: if the intentional actions that constitute peace processes do not […]

Continue Reading

Peace/knowledge: The Promise of New Epistemologies of Peace

10. Gëzim Visoka (2015) ‘Peace/knowledge: The Promise of New Epistemologies of Peace’, Journal of Intervention and Statebuilding, 9(4): 542-550. The debates on peacebuilding and statebuilding are in a permanent transformative flux. The production of new waves of peacebuilding and statebuilding debates seems unstoppable. This piece reviews the most recent scholarship in peacebuilding and statebuilding studies to depict the promise […]

Continue Reading

Peacebuilding and International Responsibility

9. Gëzim Visoka and John Doyle (2014), ‘Peacebuilding and International Responsibility’, International Peacekeeping, 21(5): 673-692. This article expands the conceptual and empirical understanding of relational responsibility in peacebuilding, by unpicking the often ill-defined notion of responsibility into three discrete and hierarchical categories – attributability, answerability and accountability. Present practices of international responsibility for their executive powers in […]

Continue Reading

Census Politics and Ethnicity in the Western Balkans

8. Gëzim Visoka and Elvin Gjevori (2013), ‘Census Politics and Ethnicity in the Western Balkans’, East European Politics, 29(4): 479-498. This article investigates how census politics in the Western Balkans take the form of a political device to entrench or transform ethnic demographics, which can have implications for cooperation and reciprocity between neighbouring states. We argue that […]

Continue Reading

Three Levels of Hybridisation Practices in Post-conflict Kosovo

7. Gëzim Visoka (2012), ‘Three Levels of Hybridisation Practices in Post-conflict Kosovo’, Journal of Peacebuilding and Development, 7(2): 23-36. This article aims to advance conceptual and empirical knowledge about hybrid forms of peace by developing an analytical framework that conceptualises three levels of hybridity between international and local actors, namely the institutional, public and hidden practices […]

Continue Reading