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Denisa Kostovicova

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Bojicic-Dzelilovic, Vesna, Kostovicova, Denisa, Escobar , Mariana and Bjelica, Jelena (2015) Organised crime and international aid subversion: evidence from Colombia and Afghanistan. Third World Quarterly.

Kostovicova, Denisa (2014) When enlargement meets common foreign and security policy: Serbia's Europeanisation, Visa liberalisation and the Kosovo policy. Europe-Asia Studies, 66 (1). pp. 67-87.

Kostovicova, Denisa and Bojicic-Dzelilovic, Vesna (2014) Ethnicity pays: the political economy of post-conflict nationalism in Bosnia-Herzegovina. In: Kissane, Bill, (ed.) After Civil War: Division, Reconstruction, and Reconciliation in Contemporary Europe. National and Ethnic Conflict in the 21st Century. University of Pennsylvania Press, Philadelphia, PA, USA, pp. 187-213.

Bojicic-Dzelilovic, Vesna, Kostovicova, Denisa and Rampton, David (2014) State-building, nation-building and reconstruction. In:Kaldor, Mary and Rangelov, Iavor, (eds.) The Handbook of Global Security Policy. Wiley-Blackwell, Malden, MA, USA, pp. 265-281.

Bojicic-Dzelilovic, Vesna and Kostovicova, Denisa (2013) Europeanisation and conflict networks: private sector development in post-conflict Bosnia-Herzegovina. East European Politics, 29 (2). pp. 19-35.

Kostovicova, Denisa, Martin, Mary and Bojicic-Dzelilovic, Vesna (2012) The missing link in human security research: dialogue and insecurity in Kosovo. Security Dialogue, 43 (6). pp. 569-585.

Kostovicova, Denisa (2013) Airing crimes, marginalizing victims: political expectations and transitional justice in Kosovo. In: Waters, Timothy William, (ed.) The Milosevic Trial: an Autopsy. Oxford University Press, New York, USA, pp. 249-259.

Kostovicova, Denisa and Bojicic-Dzelilovic, Vesna (2011) External statebuilding and transnational networks: the limits of the civil society approach. In: Kostovicova, Denisa and Glasius, Marlies, (eds.) Bottom-Up Politics: an Agency-Centred Approach to Globalization. Palgrave Macmillan, Basingstoke, UK, pp. 93-111.

Kostovicova, Denisa and Bojicic-Dzelilovic, Vesna, eds. (2009) Persistent state weakness in the global age. Ashgate, Surrey, UK.

Kostovicova, Denisa (2008) Legitimacy and international administration: the Ahtisaari settlement for Kosovo from a human security perspective. International Peacekeeping, 15 (5). pp. 631-647.

Kostovicova, Denisa and Bojicic-Dzelilovic, Vesna (2006) Europeanizing the Balkans: rethinking the post-communist and post-conflict transition. Ethnopolitics, 5 (3). pp. 223-241.

Evidence of impact

Kostovicova’s research informed the policy recommendations and she discussed them with Ulrike Lunacek, MEP. Kostovicova’s recommendations are presented in the document she authored, ‘Analysis of the 2009 Annual Programme for Kosovo (under UNSCR 1244) under the Instrument for Pre-accession Assistance (IPA) in the context of the 2009 enlargement package’, Directorate General External Policies of the Union, European Parliament, 2010:

European Parliament Resolution on the European integration process of Serbia, which is part of the Western Balkans, mentions its support for RECOM, 19 January 2011:

The EU gave explicit support to a societal approach to transitional justice in Enlargement Strategy and Main Challenges 2011-2012, EUROPEAN COMMISSION, COM (2011) 666 final, Brussels, 12.10.2011, p. 7:

Based on her research on civil society and transitional justice, Kostovicova was invited to be a keynote speaker and mediator at a meeting organised by the European Commission and its People 2 People Programme, entitled ‘The Contribution of Civil Society to Justice and Reconciliation in the Western Balkans’, aimed at engaging with civil society organisations from the region that deal with transitional justice issues, 28 February to 2 March 2012:

Kostovicova edited two bi-lingual (Serbian-Bosnian-Croatian and English) special issues of Belgrade-based journal Forum for Transitional Justice (2009 and 2012). The 2009 issue documents the three-way exchange of ideas among academics, civil society and practitioners (especially EU officials such as Thomas Gnocchi, Head of Political and Information Section, Delegation of the European Commission to the Republic of Serbia) on the necessity of EU’s support to a societal and transnational approach to post-conflict justice, which was organised by Kostovicova and the Humanitarian Law Centre and held in Belgrade on 2 February 2009. Available at:

Report of the event in the Serbian press, including Kostovicova’s input, 7 February 2009:

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