European Union peacebuilding in Kosovo : An analysis of dealing with peacebuilding paradoxes and engagement with civil society
The central goal of this thesis will be to make a critical assessment of the role of the European Union as an international actor that supports the peacebuilding process in Kosovo, both through its CFSP and European Enlargement policies. A specific focus will be on how engagement with civil society is mainstreamed in EU policies and practices, as successful peacebuilding policies require cooperation with civil society actors in order to promote local ownership and popular support for the peacebuilding and reconciliation processes. The goal is to find policy gaps and/or possibilities for improvements in the practical implementation of policies and coordination with local civil society actors. The focus will be on the period after Kosovo’s declaration of independence, as it is in these past two years that the EU has unmistakably taken a lead role in Kosovo. This leads to the following research question: To what extent is the European Union successfully promoting local ownership and engaging with civil society actors in its peacebuilding policies and programmes in Kosovo?
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