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Water, Cooperation and Peacebuilding: Exploring (Internal) Transboundary Water Governance In Kosovo After 1999
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Peace and Conflict Research.
2014 (English)In: ISA Annual Convention “Global IR and Regional Worlds - A New Agenda for International Studies” February 18th-21st, 2015, New Orleans, Louisiana., 2014Conference paper (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

Following the Yugoslavian secessionist wars of 1992, the number of transboundary river basins doubled in the region. Kosovo, in particular, poses an intriguing challenge to water governance in the post-war Balkans. In this paper I investigate how the international community governed Kosovo’s water resources after the UN assumed trusteeship of Kosovo in 1999. In particular, this study focuses on Ibar basin, i.e. particularly the Gazivoda reservoir, located on the border of Serbia and northern Kosovo, and also the Iber-Lepenc Canal, which brings water from the Serb-dominated areas in the North to the Albanian-dominated central Kosovo. A dynamic puzzle arises around the governance of water resources in Kosovo’s “no war, no peace” situation. The challenge of water governance exists not only between contested national boundaries, but also between ethnic divisions within Kosovo. Did the handling of water issues through UNMIK contribute to peacebuilding in Kosovo’s sensitive and complex post-conflict context? The study reveals that while there are instances of interstate cooperation appearing, the water issue is much more complicated when considering the internal ethnic divisions on the local level.

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Keyword [en]
Water, Cooperation, Peacebuilding, Transboundary Water Governance, Kosovo
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Social Sciences Political Science Globalization Studies Environmental Sciences
Research subject
Peace and Conflict Research; Political Science
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-243478OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-243478DiVA: diva2:787316
ISA Annual Convention “Global IR and Regional Worlds - A New Agenda for International Studies”
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