Thirty years have passed… Never has the past hit the present head-on like this year. For the twentieth anniversary of the beginning of the aggression against Bosnia and Herzegovina, we came to Sarajevo, us, some fifty foreign journalists and photographers who had shared with the Sarajevan’s those dark hours of the history of Bosnia and eye witnessed […]


The history of Bosnia and Herzegovina has many words to say about the young people living there. Those words, however, have yet to find their way to a common binder. Marked by a multi-ethnic, multi-cultural, multi-lingual, multi-national coexistence, we are still unable to finalize the process of building peace, or at least establishing a lasting dialogue. Peace[…]

(Extra)ordinary People. Documentation Repository on Albanian-Serbian Coexistence in Kosovo, 19th – 21st centuries

More than two decades after the Kosovo conflict, the Serbian-Albanian and Kosovar-Serbian relations are still portrayed by sinister metaphors like “Europe’s apartheid”, a “system of ethnic segregation”, a “frozen conflict” or “endless tariff war”. Regardless of certain improvements in the domains of bilateral relations, the protection of minority rights, and the political and proactive social participation of[…]

Separate histories in Kosovo and Serbia textbooks

Afërdita Lukaj You cannot find much about the 1998-99 war in Kosovo in the history textbooks of primary and secondary schools in Serbia. What those texts contain are even more crimes allegedly committed by Albanians. The primary school textbooks, grades 5 to 12, in Kosovo also present even more only the crimes committed by Serbian forces. Searches in internet[…]

Heritage under the kingdom of post-war concreting

Xheneta Murtezaj Restorations without criteria have followed the buildings of special importance in Kosovo, which have suffered from destruction and damage during the war in Kosovo and from the carelessness that has prevailed in the post-war reconstruction chaos. The data of the Ministry of Culture of Kosovo show that there are 1,025 monuments of construction heritage including[…]

EU’s Transitional Justice Framework Faces Denial of the Past in Former Yugoslavia

Interview by Serbeze Haxhiaj The European Commission Progress Report for Kosovo 2021 suggested that the country develops an “overarching strategy” for transitional justice, including a comprehensive approach to addressing its past. The EU executive branch also reminded Belgrade authorities to show a “genuine commitment” to investigating and adjudicating war crimes cases. Aidan Hehir, a Reader in International[…]

European Union Enlargement Policies and Transitional Justice in Kosovo

Anton Vukpalaj Professor Assistant of Political Science University of Prishtina The European Union’s enlargement policy towards the Western Balkans inserted very early on the reconciliation between former enemies as a condition for the country candidates to enter the Union. At the Zagreb Summit in 2000, reconciliation was emphasized together with democracy consolidation and regional cooperation. In the[…]