Nationbuilding as Peacebuilding: Racing to Define the Kosovar

Journal article

Simonsen, Sven Gunnar (2004) Nationbuilding as Peacebuilding: Racing to Define the Kosovar, AFO Paper 7.

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Nationbuilding – (re)building a sense of community within a polity – can contribute towards peacebuilding. This article examines how the ambition to reduce the salience of ethnic identities and stimulate new integrative ones in Kosovo has figured in the international post-war reconstruction efforts. A number of arenas are surveyed – where contacts could emerge to break the present pattern of segregation and mistrust. In assessing the success thus far of international efforts to promote multi-ethnicity in Kosovo, the article contends that a mixed record of achievement is evident.
Also published in International Peacekeeping 11(2): 289-311.

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