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2009-10 Press and Media


Voice of America (17 December 2010)
Kosovo PM Named in Human Organ Scandal
|James Ker-Lindsay of the London School of Economics says the accusations have the potential to derail that progress. "I think that this is going to make it a lot more difficult for supporters of Kosovo's independence to gain more recognitions.  And also we have questions about political dialogue with Belgrade."

Globus (16 August 2010)
Forgive me for the Yugosphere
|Tim Judah, Balkans specialist for The Economist and former LSEE Visiting Fellow, reiterates his understanding of the concept of a Yugosphere for Croatian magazine, Globus:
"Apart from the article for The Economist, I also wrote a longer text on the same subject for the London School of Economics (LSE). When it was announced, many were sceptical. Some asked, "What's new here? Surely this is perfectly natural and has been happening for years?". "Of course", I answered, but in my opinion the novelty is in the fact that we have now passed the point of no return, the point which marks a much broader phenomenon than the fact that supermarkets such as Konzum, Mercator and Delta see the whole of former-Yugoslavia as their home turf and not just as a former base of operations." Globus Yugosphere Cover|

Serbian State TV - RTS (24 July 2010)
Organ Theft Report Still Relevant
|Whilst on a visit to Belgrade Dr James Ker-Lindsay was interviewed by the Serbian state TV station RTS. The interview focuses on how the Dick Marty Report to the Council of Europe on organ trafficking in Kosovo is likely to affect ongoing talks between Belgrade and Prishtina.

Coverage of the Internal Court of Justice Ruling on Kosovo's Declaration of Independence

Dr Ker-Lindsay is Eurobank EFG Senior Fellow on the Politics of South East Europe and is a specialist on conflict, peace and security. He has written extensively on issues of sovereignty in both Cyprus and Kosovo, including his recent book Kosovo: The Path to Contested Statehood in the Balkans (2009). For more information on Dr Ker-Lindsay please visit the LSEE Staff Page|. Dr Ker-Lindsay commented on the ruling for a number of leading news media outlets.

Commentry Pieces

Citations after ICJ ruling

Citations before ICJ ruling


Radio Študent FM (17 and 19 of February 2010)
Kosovo's Declaration of Independence
Dr James Ker-Lindsay, LSEE Senior Research Fellow, gave two interviews for Radio Študent FM a Slovenian radio station, on Kosovo's unilateral declaration of independence and similarities between Kosovo and Bosnia. It is possible to listen to extracts of both interviews online, please follow the below link below.

Der Standard (12 February 2010)
Böse Überraschung "made in Greece"
|Two Greek economists have gone even further in a recent study: not only do cumbersome bureaucracy and patronage explain the incapacity of the Greek State, but also in principle, the shortcomings in the formulation of policy proposals. Experts from the government would either be ignored or were appointed to commissions according to party affiliation, and their conclusions would not be considered in any case, noted Vassilis Monastiriotis and Andreas Antoniades, in order to demonstrate the failure of pension and labor reforms.

Business New Europe (18 January 2010)
Serbia's Territorial Integrity: continued
|"Giving Serbia northern Kosovo in return for letting the rest go is a solution that should have been looked at it in a lot more detail," reckons James Ker-Lindsay, a Southeast Europe expert at the London School of Economics. "If this allows Kosovo to be recognised as a fully independent state, then surely this is a price worth paying."

Yugosphere Makes a Splash
The sharp increase in economic and political cooperation as well as cultural exchange in the Western Balkans has been, perhaps a little controversially, encapsulated by Tim Judah's concept of a "Yugosphere|". The idea that a Yugosphere exists or is in the process of emerging has caused something of a sensation in the region's press and has fed the minds of headline writers across the former Yugoslav states. Please see below for a selection of the coverage:
Yugosphere Article (Croatia)|
Yugosphere Article (Bosnia)
Yugosphere Article (Serbia)



European Voice (5 November 2009)
Lost Homes and Legal Battles: Ethnic unmixing
|In Yugoslavia and the Caucasus in the early 1990s, the end of the Cold War unleashed the destructive forces of nationalism... the countries concerned became part of the European experience of forced displacement, says James Ker-Lindsay, a senior researcher at the European Institute of the London School of Economics. That experience continues to resonate today.

Jutarnji List (24 October 2009)
Ivo and Andrija: Like a Broken Record
|William Bartlett, Research Fellow at the London School of Economics and Political Science, shed new light on the imperfect process of privatisation in Croatia during the early 90s, in the following way, "Instead of privatisation, Croatia experienced a considerable amount of nationalisation."

Cyprus Mail (11 October 2009)
Turkey Visit was a Powerful Message
Regional expert Dr James Ker-Lindsay from the LSE said Papandreou's visit was unexpected and "highly symbolic", sending a very powerful message that he's determined to improve relations with Turkey. However, given the high tensions over the Aegean this summer, it remains to be seen how much difference he can make.

Banka (September 2009)
The End of Globalisation|  (in English pdf)|
Commenting on the consequences of the recent global economic crisis Dr William Bartlett, Senior Research Fellow in the Political Economy of South East Europe at the LSE, writes in a recent edition of the Croatian magazine 'Banka' that "The recognition that … the mechanisms of corporate governance need to be reformed to take on board the interests of a far wider group of stakeholders, will be major challenges for economic policy in the next decade." (16 September 2009)
Wordsworth: Membership Doomed without SAA
|According to Spyros Economides, of the London School of Economics and Political Science, the EU has sent a clear message that the Western Balkan region has good prospects but there are no "clear guarantees" that the countries of the region will gain full EU membership once they complete the accession process.

Cyprus Mail (9 September 2009)
Davutoglu's 'zero problem' policy
|"He's very serious about this," said Dr James Ker-Lindsay, a Senior Research Fellow at the LSE. "It's very interesting to see how his career has progressed and his influence on Turkish foreign policy, even before the Justice and Development Party (AKP). He's completely reconceptualised Turkey's relations with the outside world, especially in the Middle East and South Caucasus."