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Dealing with the past and the process of reconciliation in Kosovo

Atdhe Hetemi (UGent)
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Independent Kosovo faces uneasy task of dealing with its recent violent past, which is frequently interpreted as either traumatic and/or heroic. The latest war in Kosovo (1999) resulted in numerous victims and displaced population. These previous severities, even nowadays are causing ongoing hostility of mutual oppression and disrespect among communities living in Kosovo. In addition to healing the traumas of the recent war, Kosovo also struggles with an absence of an effective institutional attempt for implementing a comprehensive dealing with the past process in Kosovo. The article shows that consequences of how the past is embraced, adjusted, or silenced, affects - even determines - the inter-ethnic relations and social acceptance trends among communities living in Kosovo. This study employs qualitative and quantitative research methodologies, which consist of a combination of different sources on this topic, as well as expert interviews conducted with activists working in the field.
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Dealing with the Past, Kosovo, Reconciliation

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Hetemi, Atdhe. 2017. “Dealing with the Past and the Process of Reconciliation in Kosovo.” In State-building in Post Independence Kosovo : Policy Challenges and Societal Considerations, ed. Ioannis Armakolas, Arolda Elbasani, Stephanie Schwandner-Sievers, Agon Demjaha, Elton Skendaj, and Nikolaos Tzifakis, 269–289. Kosovo Foundation for Open Society.
APA
Hetemi, A. (2017). Dealing with the past and the process of reconciliation in Kosovo. In I. Armakolas, A. Elbasani, S. Schwandner-Sievers, A. Demjaha, E. Skendaj, & N. Tzifakis (Eds.), State-building in post independence Kosovo : policy challenges and societal considerations (pp. 269–289). Kosovo Foundation for Open Society.
Vancouver
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Hetemi A. Dealing with the past and the process of reconciliation in Kosovo. In: Armakolas I, Elbasani A, Schwandner-Sievers S, Demjaha A, Skendaj E, Tzifakis N, editors. State-building in post independence Kosovo : policy challenges and societal considerations. Kosovo Foundation for Open Society; 2017. p. 269–89.
MLA
Hetemi, Atdhe. “Dealing with the Past and the Process of Reconciliation in Kosovo.” State-building in Post Independence Kosovo : Policy Challenges and Societal Considerations. Ed. Ioannis Armakolas et al. Kosovo Foundation for Open Society, 2017. 269–289. Print.
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  abstract     = {Independent Kosovo faces uneasy task of dealing with its recent violent past, which is frequently interpreted as either traumatic and/or heroic. The latest war in Kosovo (1999) resulted in numerous victims and displaced population. These previous severities, even nowadays are causing ongoing hostility of mutual oppression and disrespect among communities living in Kosovo. In addition to healing the traumas of the recent war, Kosovo also struggles with an absence of an effective institutional attempt for implementing a comprehensive dealing with the past process in Kosovo. The article shows that consequences of how the past is embraced, adjusted, or silenced, affects - even determines - the inter-ethnic relations and social acceptance trends among communities living in Kosovo. This study employs qualitative and quantitative research methodologies, which consist of a combination of different sources on this topic, as well as expert interviews conducted with activists working in the field.},
  author       = {Hetemi, Atdhe},
  booktitle    = {State-building in post independence Kosovo : policy challenges and societal considerations},
  editor       = {Armakolas, Ioannis  and  Elbasani, Arolda and Schwandner-Sievers, Stephanie  and  Demjaha, Agon and  Skendaj, Elton and  Tzifakis, Nikolaos},
  isbn         = {978-9951-503-04-4},
  language     = {eng},
  pages        = {269--289},
  publisher    = {Kosovo Foundation for Open Society},
  title        = {Dealing with the past and the process of reconciliation in Kosovo},
  year         = {2017},
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