Open Forum: Prof. Dr. Enver Hasani held a conversation with the students on "Theories of International Relations in the Kosovo context"
May 13th, 2013
President of the Constitutional Court of the Republic of Kosovo, Prof. Dr. Enver Hasani , was the guest of this weeks’ open forum, part of Open Forum series organized by Epoka University. Prof. Dr. Enver Hasani, held a conversation with Epoka University students on "Theories of International Relations in the Kosovo context". He presented an overview of Kosovo Albanian’s struggle for independence and the political developments in Kosovo after the independence. In his presentation, Prof. Hasani emphasized that the need for Kosovo independence, appeared with 1981 demonstrations, and continued with the growth of Serbian nationalism and self determination wars within the federation, which lead to the disintegration of the Yugoslav Federation.
Prof. Hasani stated that after Tito's death, the balance between the states of the Federation was disturbed in favor of Serbia, especially with the coming of Slobodan Milosevic into power, which was characterized by a continuous growth of Serbian nationalism and denial of Kosovo Albanians rights and identity. According to him, the end of the '80s represents an important period in the efforts of Albanians to realize their rights to further continue with their fight for independence.
Prof. Hasani emphasized the necessity of the declaration of independence, but he stated that it is not a sufficient step towards the acceptance of Kosovo as an independent and sovereign state, and in this context, he mentioned the recognition of independence by other states and international organizations as very important. Prof. Dr. Hasani stated that developed countries of the West, their allies and friends have been carrying out the process of the recognition of Kosovo's independence. On the other hand, Prof. Hasani highlighted the problem of the blocking of decision-making at the Security Council of the United Nations (UN). In this regard he mentioned the threat of the use of veto by Russia, as in the case of the Bosnian War or during the process for the final solution of Kosovo’s status. Prof. Hasani confirmed arguments defended by the realist theories of international relations, by stating that based on all these examples, it can be said that even though they may facilitate or promote cooperation and coordination between Member States, international institutions often become instruments of Great Powers’ Realpolitik,
In conclusion, Prof. Hasani answered the questions asked by students, and thanked the authorities and students for inviting him to Epoka University.