Kosovo’s Strategy for Recognition and Engagement
After the declaration of independence in 2008, Kosovo embarked on the difficult task of obtaining international recognition. This chapter explores the role of Kosovar diplomacy in this process and analyses the challenges Kosovo faced. A decade on, new recognitions have slowed and lobbying efforts by international partners have declined. As a result, Kosovo will have to rely on its own diplomatic capabilities to secure further recognitions. This requires an innovative and comprehensive plan for greater formal diplomatic engagement with non-recognisers that should also be complemented with a creative approach to public diplomacy.