KCSS researcher, Donika Emini held an online presentation via Skype with the topic “Regional Security Cooperation in the Balkans – Kosovo’s prospects for NATO accession” specifically on the Conference roundtable titled “The Future of the Western Balkan States: NATO, the EU and Regional Agreements” organized by the Atlantic Council of Bosnia and Herzegovina, in partnership with NATO Public Diplomacy Division and with the assistance of Atlantic Treaty Association in Neum, Bosnia and Herzegovina.
The summer school brought together around 30 participants, students and young leaders and the main topics tackled were : Integration of the Western Balkan Partner Countries into NATO and the Future of the Western Balkan States: NATO, the EU and Regional Agreement as well as Regional Cooperation among the Balkan States and Sharing of Defense Capabilities.
Donika’s presentation aimed to examine Kosovo's bilateral political relations with other states of the region since it declared its independence in February 2008 by also analyzing Kosovo’s ability to fit in the region. She explained how the ways in which Kosovo is involved in bilateral or trilateral agreements, focusing on the relationship between Kosovo and the European institutions namely the EU, NATO. Donika pointed out the key challenges that Kosovo currently faces on its way towards membership in regional security initiatives and the future steps of regional cooperation.