Kosovo's participation in peacekeeping missions: An effective tool in foreign policy

Published by:

Kosovar Centre for Security Studies (KCSS)

Title:

Kosovo's participation in peacekeeping missions: An effective tool in foreign policy

Author:

Donika Marku

Date:

September 2018

Kosovo’s current isolation and the lack of country’s clear path to membership in key regional and international security organizations and mechanisms such as the United Nations (UN), the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) and the European Union (EU) has not only frustrated the country’s ability to become part of the global security infrastructure, but it has also held back its chances to participate and contribute to the various peacekeeping missions worldwide. Even in instances when such prospects are plausible, Kosovo’s potential to participate in EU security mechanisms as foreseen by the Stabilization and Association Agreement (SAA) through EU’s Common Security Defense Policy (CSDP) are further stunt by the rejection of Kosovo’s independence of the five EU member states.

This paper explores the opportunities offered by the SAA as a potential pathway to Kosovo’s participation in EU’s peacekeeping operations and missions.