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Disambiguating the Brussels agreement: A study of ambiguity in the Serbia-Kosovo normalisation process

Elmehed, Mikael LU (2016) STVM23 20152
Department of Political Science
Abstract
Most studies that discuss the normalisation process between Kosovo and Serbia note that the Brussels agreement from April 2013 was a remarkable achievement. Some opinion-makers even go so far as to suggest that a Nobel Peace Prize is due. The process allowed the parties to the agreement to bridge a seemingly irreconcilable gap, yet few scholars have tried to discern the mechanisms of how striking a deal became politically feasible. This study shows how the Brussels agreement was shaped by ambiguity, and how it in turn affected the narratives of the post-agreement phase. A theoretical framework is constructed as a part of the research design, and by using the Brussels agreement as a typical case for ambiguous post-conflict negotiation, the... (More)
Most studies that discuss the normalisation process between Kosovo and Serbia note that the Brussels agreement from April 2013 was a remarkable achievement. Some opinion-makers even go so far as to suggest that a Nobel Peace Prize is due. The process allowed the parties to the agreement to bridge a seemingly irreconcilable gap, yet few scholars have tried to discern the mechanisms of how striking a deal became politically feasible. This study shows how the Brussels agreement was shaped by ambiguity, and how it in turn affected the narratives of the post-agreement phase. A theoretical framework is constructed as a part of the research design, and by using the Brussels agreement as a typical case for ambiguous post-conflict negotiation, the study also argues that ambiguity as a concept deserves a place in the limelight. Findings suggest that theory on the subject is in dire need of development, in particular that future research should focus on ambiguous processes, in contrast to the current fixation on language. (Less)
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author
Elmehed, Mikael LU
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organization
course
STVM23 20152
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H2 - Master's Degree (Two Years)
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keywords
negotiations, ambiguity, Kosovo, Serbia, normalisation
language
English
id
8512062
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2016-02-17 13:15:40
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2016-02-17 13:15:40
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  abstract     = {Most studies that discuss the normalisation process between Kosovo and Serbia note that the Brussels agreement from April 2013 was a remarkable achievement. Some opinion-makers even go so far as to suggest that a Nobel Peace Prize is due. The process allowed the parties to the agreement to bridge a seemingly irreconcilable gap, yet few scholars have tried to discern the mechanisms of how striking a deal became politically feasible. This study shows how the Brussels agreement was shaped by ambiguity, and how it in turn affected the narratives of the post-agreement phase. A theoretical framework is constructed as a part of the research design, and by using the Brussels agreement as a typical case for ambiguous post-conflict negotiation, the study also argues that ambiguity as a concept deserves a place in the limelight. Findings suggest that theory on the subject is in dire need of development, in particular that future research should focus on ambiguous processes, in contrast to the current fixation on language.},
  author       = {Elmehed, Mikael},
  keyword      = {negotiations,ambiguity,Kosovo,Serbia,normalisation},
  language     = {eng},
  note         = {Student Paper},
  title        = {Disambiguating the Brussels agreement: A study of ambiguity in the Serbia-Kosovo normalisation process},
  year         = {2016},
}