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The Implications of Changing Border Structure: A case study in Kosovo

Authors: Michaela Gawrys*, Kent State University
Topics: Political Geography, Europe
Keywords: Political Geography, Geopolitics, Kosovo, Nations, Nationalism, Borders
Session Type: Paper
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Nation-States are being redefined in the modern age, making geopolitics the center for border discussion in a social time where smaller Nations are seeking Statehood. With the rise in Nations wishing to break off from modern States, it may be time to question where the standards for modern borders will get us and whether they are here to last. In my current research I set out to understand the impact that borders can have on identification and feelings toward “others”. By interviewing citizens on their national identity and opinions of other ethnic groups (in this case Serbians) after the creation of a new border, it is possible to understand the future of the border from a local level rather than a State and international one. This essay reviews the cooperation between Kosovo and Serbia from the end of the war in 1999 to the present day and uses information from interviews to ponder the implications of future “bordering” on the relationships between nations/ethnic groups.

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