From Serbia Spats to Radicalization, Kosovo Faces a Rocky Road Ahead

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and Prime Minister Isa Mustafa in Kosovo, Dec. 2, 2015 (Sipa via AP Images).
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and Prime Minister Isa Mustafa in Kosovo, Dec. 2, 2015 (Sipa via AP Images).

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry’s trip to Kosovo last week was literally a “flying visit”; he didn’t leave Pristina’s Adem Jashari Airport. But that didn’t diminish the significance of the trip, which comes at a delicate time for Kosovo’s government. Prime Minister Isa Mustafa’s administration faces a domestic opposition so enraged that it has resorted to dropping tear gas in parliament, and a sharp worsening of relations with Serbia. Kosovo has also seen a larger proportion of its citizens join the self-proclaimed Islamic State than any other country in Europe, with high unemployment and disillusionment with mainstream politics making […]

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