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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Acting Like a State: Kosovo and the Everyday Making of Statehood

3. Gëzim Visoka (2018), Acting Like a State: Kosovo and the Everyday Making of Statehood, London: Routledge. How do emerging states obtain international recognition and secure membership of international organisations in contemporary world politics? This book provides the first in-depth study of Kosovo’s diplomatic approach to becoming a sovereign state by obtaining international recognition and securing […]

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Norbert Elias and Statebuilding After Violent Conflict

5. Gëzim Visoka (2017), ‘Norbert Elias and Statebuilding After Violent Conflict’, in Tatiana S. Landini and Francois Depelteau (eds), Norbert Elias and Violence, Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, pp. 161-182. This chapter explores the complementarity between Norbert Elias’s figurational sociology of violence and post-conflict statebuilding studies. Sociology has played a formative role in peace and conflict studies. However, […]

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After Hybridity

4. Gëzim Visoka (2017), ‘After Hybridity’, in Nicolas Lemay-Hébert and Rosa Freedman (eds.), Hybridity: Law, Culture and Development, London: Routledge, pp. 301-324.  This chapter provides a more nuanced examination of the merits and drawbacks of hybridity in the context of peace and conflict studies and offers new research avenues for addressing some of the fallacies and […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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Shaping Peace in Kosovo: The Politics of Peacebuilding and Statehood

2. Gëzim Visoka (2017), Shaping Peace in Kosovo: The Politics of Peacebuilding and Statehood,Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan. This book explores the prospects and limits of international intervention in building peace and creating a new state in an ethnically divided society and fragmented international order. The book offers a critical account of the international missions in Kosovo and traces […]

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Assessing the potential impact of the Kosovo Specialist Court

Gëzim Visoka (2017), Assessing the potential impact of the Kosovo Specialist Court, Utrecht, NL: PAX and Impunity Watch. This policy study presents a comprehensive assessment of the potentially profound positive societal effects of the Court’s work, as well as the risks that work poses to intra-ethnic and inter-ethnic relations and political stability in Kosovo. It recommends a […]

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Peace Multitudes: Liberal Peace, Local Agency, and Peace Formation in Kosovo

3. Gëzim Visoka (2016), ‘Peace Multitudes: Liberal Peace, Local Agency, and Peace Formation in Kosovo’, in Oliver P. Richmond and Sandra Pogodda (eds), Post-Liberal Peace Transitions, Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, pp. 65-82. This chapter examines the pitfalls of liberal peace in Kosovo, traces different forms and examples of local critical agency, and highlights complex processes of […]

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