Jelena Milic’s, director of the Center for Euro-Atlantic Studies, Belgrade, Serbia case study

The case study suggests several principles for U.S. and other experts reporting on the Western Balkans in the second decade of the 21st century, and in particular on Serbia Kosovo relations and possible outlook of an agreement on formalization of relations  based on her  assessment of October 2019 report "Five Principles for U.S. Special Envoy to Guide Peace Talks Between Kosovo and Serbia" by  Luke Coffey and Daniel Kochis. In the mentioned report the authors, among other things, invite Amb. Richard Grenell  the new U.S. envoy for Belgrade –Pristina peace talks, to be patient with Kosovo’s progress and to keep eyes wide open when dealing with Serbia. 

Note - CEAS Correction:

In the first version of the document posted on our website, Bulgaria was mistakenly noted as a EU member state which did not recognize Kosovo’s independence. Current version of the PDF document, attached below is the one with corrected text. CEAS apologizes for this oversight.


Five Principles for U.S. Special Envoy to Guide Peace Talks Between Kosovo and Serbia

The U.S. has sacrificed significant blood and treasure since the 1990s to ensure that the Balkans remain peaceful and stable—and should have a say in any major development in the region. This is why the appointment of U.S. Ambassador to Germany Richard Grenell to serve as U.S. Special Envoy for peace talks between Kosovo and Serbia is an important move. In order to be successful, Ambassador Grenell must be mindful that nothing in the Balkans is easy or straightforward, tinkering with borders is a bad idea, working with European countries in the region increases the likelihood of success, and that the U.S. should be patient with Kosovo and remain conscious that Serbia is Russia’s foothold in the Balkans.

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