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A new book on Kosovo features a chapter by IIR´s Senior Researcher Tomas Dopita

We are proud to announce that our colleague Tomáš Dopita is the author of the chapter analysing the Czech attitudes towards Kosovo in the new essential read „The Politics of Recognition and Engagement: EU Member State Relations with Kosovo“.

The editors of the book are the distinguished professors James Ker-Lindsay of London School of Economics and Ioannis Armakolas of the University of Macedonia in Thessaloniki, Greece. The book already got some very positive reviews including by The Economist (below) which, among other things, praise its innovative approach towards the highly divisive topic of Kosovo´s independence. The three authors speak about their book in a short video filmed on 23 September 2019 at the occasion of the 11th International Symposium "Czech Foreign Policy" where a special workshop was dedicated to the EU-Western Balkans relations.

“For a country and region that not so long ago dominated the front pages, it is shocking how little is written about Kosovo and the Balkans today. For that reason alone this book would be a welcome addition to the canon. Beyond that, every chapter makes a serious contribution, not just to discussions about recognition and engagement, but also in providing fascinating insights into how and why the Kosovo question triggered such vastly different reactions, based on ideology, politics and history in each of the countries covered.” (review by Tim Judah, The Economist)

Tomáš Dopita is a Senior Researcher at Institute of International Relations Prague with main focus on security, nationhood, statehood, and European integration in the Western Balkans