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An Informed Discussion on Current Global Issues

Since Kosovo declared its independence on February 17 of this year, a number of the world's superpowers have been divided as to whether or not to recognize it – and whether doing so would violate international law. The international relations program and the department of political science are hosting a panel discussion on the border changes and the challenges of contemporary international politics at 7 p.m. on Thursday, April 3, in Stern Hall, room 304.

After the tragedies of the World Wars, an international system was implemented to ensure “the sovereign equality of states, the respect for the territorial integrity and the inviolability of internationally recognized borders,” explains Vuk Jeremic, New York Times op-ed contributor.

However, after Kosovo declared independence, the U.S., France, Germany, Britain, and other major European powers officially recognized it as an independent nation. Other European countries, like Spain, Russia and Serbia, believe this separation goes against international law and do not recognize Kosovo.

What will happen next is unclear; will Kosovo alter the international rules on border changes for ethnic reasons, or will Serbia continue to resist this revolution?

A panel of four professors will discuss the independence of Kosovo and its impact on the world and future global politics. Professor Chip Gagdon, from the department of politics at Ithaca College will speak on politics and the war in former Yugoslavia. Stacey Philbrick Yadav, assistant professor of political science at HWS, will speak on how the Kosovo precedent might affect a resolution, or not, of the long-lasting and explosive Kurdistan question. Vikash Yadav, also an assistant professor at the Colleges, will discuss borders and roads in South Asia; and HWS Professor of Political Science David Ost will speak on the “Kosovo effect” in Europe and the former Soviet Union. Professor Charles Temple of the education department will stand as the chair/moderator of the event. He has spent a great deal of time in Kosovo working on research projects in education.

“We have people here who can bring some background and complexity to the big events in the news,” says Ost. “Among the faculty there is a huge range of expertise. Two of the three HWS panelists are new this year, and they bring to our community a wealth of practical and theoretical knowledge on key parts of the world – the Middle East in the case of Prof. Stacey Philbrick Yadav, South Asia in the case of Prof. Vikash Yadav,” Professor Ost explains.

Come enjoy refreshments while listening to an informed discussion on contemporary global affairs.