I need you to write a policy report/policy brief, At its broadest, a policy report is a document written for a very specific audience,dealing with a particular problem or issue ? usually itself quite specific. You are unlikely to find policy briefs which are general in nature or offer a broad and sweeping overview, such as ?the history of Yugoslavia’. Quite often, policy briefs are written in order to urge action ? a good example are reports from the International Crisis Group (www.crisisgroup.org ). The report also needs to be direct, get to the point quickly and be persuasive ? ability to sustain an argument is of huge importance.
The independence of Kosovo -You should choose one side (yes to independence or no), that would make the report much more focused but also, do mention that there are other points of view.
Also, what kinds of policy implications might this have had for the European Union? The aim is to apply academic knowledge in a ?real world’ context, as well as to think outside of the academic box. For instance, you may chose in your report to brief a business
executive on the consequences of Kosovo independence for private investment. the independence of Kosovo ? what kinds of policy implications might this have had for the European Union? The aim is to apply academic knowledge in a ?real world’ context, as well as to think outside of the academic box. For instance, you may chose in your report to brief a business executive on the consequences of Kosovo independence for private investment.
Biddeleux, R. and Jeffries, I. (2007) The Balkans: a Post-Communist History London:
(A good summary of all the events since 1989, in all countries of the region.
However, it does not have a good historical section)
Blitz, B. ed. (2006) War and Change in the Balkans: Nationalism, Conflict and
Cooperation Cambridge: Cambridge University Press
(a comprehensive edited volume dealing with major issues in the Balkans)
Ramet, S. ed. (2010) Central and Southeast European
Kosovo: Independence and Statehood
In February 2008, Kosovo proclaimed unilateral independence from Serbia. As most
EU member states went on to recognize independence, Serbia did not alter its ?no
recognition’ policy, insisting that Kosovo is still a part of its territory. This follows
years of tensions between Kosovo’s 90% Albanian population and the Serb minority.
As Kosovo becomes the world’s newest country, we consider its de facto supervised
independence and its ever-tense relationship with Serbia. We also consider the
implications of importing this ?frozen conflict’ into the EU. We will also take a look at
how Kosovo manages to sustain itself as an independent state whilst governing
under international supervision.
We will also mention how the tensions in Kosovo have had an ?overspill’ effect into
the neighbouring Macedonia.
NOTE: In this lecture, we will have a short discussion about essay writing for this
module. You may wish to start thinking about what topic you’d like to do, and we can
discuss general writing issues as well as availability of materials etc.
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