Kosovo Security Barometer: Trends of Perception towards Kosovo’s Foreign Policy and Dialogue with Serbia

Published by:

Kosovar Centre for Security Studies (KCSS)

Title:

Kosovo Security Barometer - Special Edition

Trends of Perception towards Kosovo’s Foreign Policy and Dialogue with Serbia

Author:

Donika Emini

Date:

2nd of February 2017

The Kosovo Security Barometer (KSB) is a specific programme of Kosovar Centre for Security Studies (KCSS) designed to serve as an annual publication. The primary focus of the KSB is to measure the public opinion perceptions towards security and justice institutions. It also measures the public perception on the internal and external security threats to Kosovo, perceptions on Kosovo’s foreign policy and dialogue with Serbia.

In general, the KSB targets a wide variety of actors interested in the public opinion trends in Kosovo in the field of security and justice. It targets the following stakeholders: policymakers in Kosovo as well as the western Balkans; the international organizations in Kosovo and their headquarters; local and international civil society organizations; academia and the media.

Answers to the KSB questionnaires were collected through face-to-face interviews conducted around Kosovo. most of the questions were close-ended in the form of fivepoint Likert scales. Few questions were open-ended allowing respondents the opportunity to provide their opinions without predefined options. The sampling, piloting, and interviewing were conducted by the KCSS team consisted of 27 field researchers. The national sample from which the research was drawn featured 1,093 households, following a representative sample of the population above 18 years old in Kosovo. The ethnic breakdown of the interviewed respondents was as follow: 86.9 percent K-Albanian, 7.0 percent K-Serbian, and 6.1 percent involved other communities (1.4 percent Turks, 0.6 percent Bosnian, 0,9 percent Roma, Ashkali, Egyptians and the rest includes gorans, Croats, and montenegrins).