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Kostić, Roland, Associate Professor
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Kostić, R. (2019). The distinction of peace: a social analysis of peacebuilding [Review]. Peacebuilding, 7(1), 123-125
Open this publication in new window or tab >>The distinction of peace: a social analysis of peacebuilding
2019 (English)In: Peacebuilding, ISSN 2164-7259, E-ISSN 2164-7267, Vol. 7, no 1, p. 123-125Article, book review (Other academic) Published
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
ROUTLEDGE JOURNALS, TAYLOR & FRANCIS LTD, 2019
National Category
Social Sciences Interdisciplinary
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-389932 (URN)10.1080/21647259.2018.1449189 (DOI)000470300800011 ()
Available from: 2019-08-01 Created: 2019-08-01 Last updated: 2019-08-01Bibliographically approved
Kostić, R. (2017). Försoning i Bosnien-Hercegovina (2ed.). In: Karin Aggestam , Kristine Höglund (Ed.), Om krig och fred: en introduktion till freds- och konfliktstudier (pp. 353-367). Lund: Studentlitteratur AB
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Försoning i Bosnien-Hercegovina
2017 (Swedish)In: Om krig och fred: en introduktion till freds- och konfliktstudier / [ed] Karin Aggestam , Kristine Höglund, Lund: Studentlitteratur AB, 2017, 2, p. 353-367Chapter in book (Refereed)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Lund: Studentlitteratur AB, 2017 Edition: 2
Keywords
ICTY, Bosnia and Herzegovina, reconciliation, trauma, war, peacebuilding, tribunals, ICTY, Bosnien och Herzegovina, försoning, trauma, krig, fredsbyggande, tribunaler
National Category
Globalisation Studies
Research subject
Peace and Conflict Research
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-337878 (URN)9789144115740 (ISBN)
Available from: 2018-01-05 Created: 2018-01-05 Last updated: 2018-01-18Bibliographically approved
Bliesemann De Guevara, B. & Kostić, R. (Eds.). (2017). Knowledge and Expertise in International Interventions: The Politics of Facts, Truth and Authenticity (1ed.). London: Routledge
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Knowledge and Expertise in International Interventions: The Politics of Facts, Truth and Authenticity
2017 (English)Collection (editor) (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

Knowledge about violent conflict and international intervention is political. It involves power struggles over the objects of knowing (problematization/silencing), how they are known (epistemic practices), and what interpretations are taken into account in policymaking and implementation. This book unearths the politics, power and performances involved in the social construction of seemingly neutral concepts such as facts, truth and authenticity in knowing about violent conflict and international intervention. Contributors foreground problems of physical and social access to information, explore practices generating knowledge actors' authority and legitimacy, and analyse struggles over competing policy narratives. A first set of chapters focuses on the social construction of facts, truth and authenticity through studies of militia research in the DR Congo, politicians' on-site visits in intervention theatres in the Balkans and Afghanistan, and the epistemic practices of Human Rights Watch and comics journalism. A second set of contributions analyses the strategic side of knowledge through case studies of diplomatic counterinsurgency in Bosnia and Herzegovina, African governments' active role in the `bunkerization' of international aid workers, and authoritarian peacebuilding as a challenge to the liberal power/knowledge regime in world politics. This book was originally published as a special issue of the Journal of Intervention and Statebuilding.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
London: Routledge, 2017. p. 146 Edition: 1
Keywords
Expertise, Knowledge, Facts, Truth, Authenticity, Performances, Networks, Interventions
National Category
Globalisation Studies
Research subject
Peace and Conflict Research
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-337876 (URN)9780815374794 (ISBN)
Available from: 2018-01-05 Created: 2018-01-05 Last updated: 2018-02-28Bibliographically approved
de Guevara, B. B. & Kostić, R. (2017). Knowledge production in/about conflict and intervention:: finding 'facts', telling 'truth'. Journal of Intervention and Statebuilding, 11(1), 1-20
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Knowledge production in/about conflict and intervention:: finding 'facts', telling 'truth'
2017 (English)In: Journal of Intervention and Statebuilding, ISSN 1750-2977, E-ISSN 1750-2985, Vol. 11, no 1, p. 1-20Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This article has a twofold aim. First, it discusses the contributions to the scholarly field of conflict knowledge and expertise in this special issue on Knowledge production in/about conflict and intervention: finding 'facts', telling 'truth'. Second, it suggests an alternative reading of the issue's contributions. Starting from the assumption that prevalent ways of knowing are always influenced by wider material and ideological structures at specific times, the article traces the influence of contemporary neoliberalism on general knowledge production structures in Western societies, and more specifically in Western academia, before re-reading the special issue's contributions through this prism. The main argument is that neoliberalism leaves limited space for independent critical knowledge, thereby negatively affecting what can be known about conflict and intervention. The article concludes with some tasks for reflexive scholarship in neoliberal times.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
ROUTLEDGE JOURNALS, TAYLOR & FRANCIS LTD, 2017
Keywords
Expertise, neoliberalism, data access, information, authority, legitimacy, narratives, policy, academia
National Category
Political Science (excluding Public Administration Studies and Globalisation Studies)
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-328280 (URN)10.1080/17502977.2017.1287635 (DOI)000403181400001 ()
Available from: 2017-09-07 Created: 2017-09-07 Last updated: 2018-01-13Bibliographically approved
Kostić, R. (2017). Shadow peacebuilders and diplomatic counterinsurgencies:: informal networks, knowledge production and the art of policy-shaping. Journal of Intervention and Statebuilding, 11(1), 120-139
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Shadow peacebuilders and diplomatic counterinsurgencies:: informal networks, knowledge production and the art of policy-shaping
2017 (English)In: Journal of Intervention and Statebuilding, ISSN 1750-2977, E-ISSN 1750-2985, Vol. 11, no 1, p. 120-139Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This article explores the role of informal networks in producing strategic knowledge and influencing policy responses to the 2011 post-election crisis in Bosnia-Herzegovina. The analytical focus is on networks of shadow peacebuilders, defined as actors who are often not visible to the public and who promote a mix of altruistic and personal interests of their broader network by generating strategic narratives and influencing peacebuilding policy. As this article shows, shadow peacebuilders engage in diplomatic counterinsurgencies waged by means of diplomacy, politics, public relations and legal means. Strategic narratives are instrumental in legitimizing diplomatic counterinsurgency, inducing internal cohesion within the network and delegitimizing alternative narratives and policy solutions. Yet the production of strategic knowledge by shadow peacebuilders has its limitations. When the gap between strategic narrative and actions becomes too big, the network risks fragmentation and defeat by other networks that promote alternative strategic narratives and paths of action in the battle over control of peacebuilding policy.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
ROUTLEDGE JOURNALS, TAYLOR & FRANCIS LTD, 2017
Keywords
shadow peacebuilders, diplomatic counterinsurgencies, networks, strategic narrative, Office of the High Representative, International Crisis Group, Bosnia-Herzegovina
National Category
Political Science (excluding Public Administration Studies and Globalisation Studies)
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-328281 (URN)10.1080/17502977.2016.1272905 (DOI)000403181400007 ()
Available from: 2017-09-07 Created: 2017-09-07 Last updated: 2018-01-13Bibliographically approved
Krampe, F. & Kostic, R. (2014). Global Environmental Governance during Peacebuilding - The Case of Kosovo. In: : . Paper presented at ISA Annual Convention 2014 'Spaces and Places - Geopolitics in an Era of Globalization', March 26-29, 2014, Toronto, Canada.. Toronto
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Global Environmental Governance during Peacebuilding - The Case of Kosovo
2014 (English)Conference paper, Published paper (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

Kosovo’s energy development could be much further if resources would have been used more efficient and if global environmental governance regimes would have been applied earlier. This paper tries to explain why focus on renewable resources and with that a more sustainable approach to Kosovo’s development was not promoted through peacebuilding actors. We contextualize the question of global environmental governance during peacebuilding by focusing on the challenges to global norms and procedures of environmental protection in Kosovo’s energy policies. Previous research on Kosovo found that external peacebuilding actors favoured short-sighted solutions and focused on imminent security and economic development. A comprehensive, long-term strategy to address environmental factors through diversification of energy sources and utilizing of renewable energy potentials was missing. However, a 2012 assessment found that Kosovo a focus on security and economic development would not be contradicted by the promotion of renewable energy policies in peacebuilding strategies for Kosovo. We show that Kosovo environmental governance in terms of global norms and procedures of environmental protection was unsuccessful during Kosovo’s international-governance/liberal peace administration embodied in the UNMIK. However, following Kosovo’s declaration of independence in 2008 we find that new policies of environmental governance emerge and manifest itself in the strategy that includes renewable resources. Thus, we argue that change in security priorities within Kosovo in the post-independence period created space for influences not only by international private and political actors dealing with energy issues but also for local private actors and civil society lobbying Kosovo government for strategies more in line with GEG and relying more on renewable energy sources. 

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Toronto: , 2014
Keywords
Global environmental governance, peacebuilding, kosovo, EU, Environment
National Category
Social Sciences Earth and Related Environmental Sciences Political Science Globalisation Studies
Research subject
Peace and Conflict Research; Earth Science with specialization in Environmental Analysis; Political Science
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-222778 (URN)
Conference
ISA Annual Convention 2014 'Spaces and Places - Geopolitics in an Era of Globalization', March 26-29, 2014, Toronto, Canada.
Available from: 2014-04-14 Created: 2014-04-14 Last updated: 2018-01-11
Kostic, R. (2014). Transnational think tanks: foot soldiers in the battlefield of ideas?: Examining the role of the ICG in Bosnia and Herzegovina, 2000-01. Third World Quarterly, 35(4), 634-65
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Transnational think tanks: foot soldiers in the battlefield of ideas?: Examining the role of the ICG in Bosnia and Herzegovina, 2000-01
2014 (English)In: Third World Quarterly, ISSN 0143-6597, E-ISSN 1360-2241, Vol. 35, no 4, p. 634-65Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Peace-building situations can be described as battlefields of ideas where key international policy makers engage in internal battles for control over intervention policy. Knowledge production, based on timely information and analysis, is seen as crucial to winning these battles of ideas. By providing detailed information, analysis and recommendations, the International Crisis Group (icg) has assumed an important role in this process. Yet we know little about the specific role the icg plays in battles for intervention policy. This article investigates icg analyses and recommendations and the way they fit into the specific internal debates within the international community in Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) in 2000–01. By looking at the work of the icg in BiH around the elections in 2000, the article demonstrates that it often acted as a legitimising agent of US positions and policy in the country.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
London: Taylor & Francis Group, 2014
Keywords
think-tanks, International Crisis Group (icg), knowledge production, peace building, Bosnia and Herzegovina, ohr, sfor, Hercegovačka Banka
National Category
Other Social Sciences not elsewhere specified
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-228933 (URN)10.1080/01436597.2014.924065 (DOI)000340209100006 ()
Funder
Swedish Research Council
Available from: 2014-07-24 Created: 2014-07-24 Last updated: 2017-12-05Bibliographically approved
Kostic, R. (2013). American nation-building abroad: Exceptional powers, broken promisses, and the making of 'Bosnia' (1ed.). In: Mikael Eriksson and Roland Kostic (Ed.), Mediations and Liberal Pecebuilding: Peace from the ashes of war? (pp. 22-40). London and New York: Routledge
Open this publication in new window or tab >>American nation-building abroad: Exceptional powers, broken promisses, and the making of 'Bosnia'
2013 (English)In: Mediations and Liberal Pecebuilding: Peace from the ashes of war? / [ed] Mikael Eriksson and Roland Kostic, London and New York: Routledge, 2013, 1, p. 22-40Chapter in book (Other academic)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
London and New York: Routledge, 2013 Edition: 1
Keywords
US, Dayton, mediations, peacebuilding, OHR, politics, Bosnia and Herzegovina
National Category
Political Science
Research subject
Peace and Conflict Research
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-190947 (URN)978-0-415-63835-7 (ISBN)
Available from: 2013-01-09 Created: 2013-01-09 Last updated: 2013-04-19Bibliographically approved
Kostic, R. (2013). Introduction (1ed.). In: Mikael Eriksson and Roland Kostic (Ed.), Mediation and Liberal Peacebuilding: Peace from the ashes of war? (pp. 1-5). London: Routledge
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Introduction
2013 (English)In: Mediation and Liberal Peacebuilding: Peace from the ashes of war? / [ed] Mikael Eriksson and Roland Kostic, London: Routledge, 2013, 1, p. 1-5Chapter in book (Other academic)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
London: Routledge, 2013 Edition: 1
National Category
Political Science
Research subject
Peace and Conflict Research
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-190938 (URN)978-0-415-63835-7 (ISBN)
Available from: 2013-01-09 Created: 2013-01-09 Last updated: 2013-04-19Bibliographically approved
Kostic, R. & Eriksson, M. (Eds.). (2013). Mediation and Liberal Peacebuilding: Peace From the Ashes of War? (1ed.). London: Routledge
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Mediation and Liberal Peacebuilding: Peace From the Ashes of War?
2013 (English)Collection (editor) (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

This book offers a state-of-the-art examination of peacemaking, looking at its theoretical assumptions, empirical applications and its consequences.

Despite the wealth of research on external interventions and practices of Western peacebuilding, many scholars tend to rely on findings in the so-called 'post-agreement' phase of interventions. As a result, most mainstream peacebuilding literature pays limited or no attention to the linkages that exist between mediation practices in the negotiation phase and processes in the post-peace agreement phase of intervention.

By linking the motives and practices of interveners during negotiation and implementation phases into a more integrated theoretical framework, this book makes a unique contribution to the on-going debate on the so-called Western ‘liberal’ models of peacebuilding. Drawing upon in-depth case-studies from various different regions of the world including Bosnia-Herzegovina, Kosovo, Afghanistan, Sudan, Ivory Coast, Senegal and Sierra Leone, this innovative volume examines a variety of political motives behind third party interventions, thus challenging the very founding concept of mediation literature.

This book will of much interest to students of peacebuilding, statebuilding, peacemaking, war and conflict studies, security studies and IR in general.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
London: Routledge, 2013. p. 200 Edition: 1
Keywords
peacebuilding, statebuilding, peacemaking, peace and conflict studies, security studies, IR
National Category
Social Sciences Sociology Political Science
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-210502 (URN)978-0-415-63835-7 (ISBN)
Available from: 2013-11-08 Created: 2013-11-08 Last updated: 2013-11-08
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