Are the U.S. and Europe right to recognize Kosovo and continue to poke Russia with a stick?

Posted by David Ignatius & Fareed Zakaria on February 25, 2008 9:54 AM


Ignacio Gil Vázquez is the managing editor of Spain’s second largest circulation newspaper, El Mundo. He previously served as foreign correspondent in France and as Culture section editor. He has covered wide-ranging events throughout his career, including the Basque conflict, Catalan politics, Francois Mitterrand’s final years as president of France, his successor Jacques Chirac’s election, and the death of Princess Diana.

Europe Lacks Leadership On Kosovo

Five reasons Kosovo’s independence was a terrible mistake.

Posted by Ignacio Gil Vázquez Madrid, Spain | 11 COMMENTS
Feb 26, 2008 at 10:51 AM
Masha Lipman is the editor of the Pro et Contra journal, published by Carnegie Moscow Center. Lipman is also an expert in the Civil Society Program at the Carnegie Moscow Center. She served as deputy editor of the Russian weekly newsmagazines, Ezhenedel’ny zhurnal from 2001 to 2003, and of Itogi magazine from 1995 to 2001. She has worked as a translator, researcher, and contributor forMoscow bureau of The Washington Post and has had a monthly op-ed column in The Washington Post since 2001.

The Kremlin's Case Against Kosovo

The West takes advantage of Russia’s weakness, yet again.

Posted by Masha Lipman Moscow, Russia | 118 COMMENTS
Feb 25, 2008 at 2:01 PM
Nikos Konstandaras is managing editor and a columnist of Kathimerini, the leading Greek morning daily. He is also the founding editor of Kathimerini’s English Edition, which is published as a supplement to The International Herald Tribune in Greece, Cyprus and Albania. He worked as a correspondent for The Associated Press from 1989 to 1997 before joining the Greek press and has reported from many countries in the region.

Kosovo Isn't About Russia

It’s Serbia’s future on the line, not Russia’s.

Posted by Nikos Konstandaras Athens, Greece | 83 COMMENTS
Feb 25, 2008 at 1:56 PM
Former Washington-based columnist for The Hong Kong Standard, The New York Sun, and Insight on the News, an online weekly published by The Washington Times. Covered economic and political relations between the United States and East Asia, with an emphasis on China, Taiwan and Hong Kong. Former chairman of the Hong Kong Journalists' Association. Currently a business executive at a Chinese-language newspaper in Hong Kong.

Kosovo = Taiwan

Kosovo poses a dilemma for China. Washington should follow suit in Asia.

Posted by Kin-ming Liu Hong Kong | 66 COMMENTS
Feb 25, 2008 at 1:54 PM
Vivian Salama is an award winning reporter, producer and blogger. Currently based in Lahore, Pakistan, she has reported for various publications from across the Middle East, Sub-Saharan Africa, the Balkans, the United States and North and South Korea. She has also appeared as a commentator on the BBC, France24, South African Broadcasting Corp., TVNZ, NPR and as a reporter for Voice of America radio. Her byline has appeared in numerous publications including Newsweek, USA Today, the International Herald Tribune, the National, Jerusalem Post, and the Daily Star. Salama has an MA in Islamic Politics from Columbia University and she previously worked as a lecturer of international journalism at Rutgers University.

Kosovo's Emotional Problems

Recognizing Kosovo is a bold move for lame-duck Bush, but he won’t be around to deal with the consequences.

Posted by Vivian Salama USA/Middle East | 30 COMMENTS
Feb 25, 2008 at 1:52 PM
Originally from Pakistan, Anwer Sher is based in Dubai and writes for Gulf News, Khaleej Times and Emirates Today. His varied career experience includes banking, consulting, and real estate development. He has a Masters degree in International Relations.

The Right Thing to Do For Kosovo

The UN set Kosovo in motion long ago – the US and Europe were merely following through.

Posted by Anwer Sher Dubai, UAE | 6 COMMENTS
Feb 25, 2008 at 1:50 PM
Dr. Ali Ettefagh serves as a director of Highmore Global Corporation, an investment company in emerging markets of Eastern Europe, CIS, and the Middle East. He is the co-author of several books on trade conflict, resolution of international trade disputes, conflicts in letters of credit, trade-related banking transactions, sovereign debt, arbitration and dispute resolutions and publications specific to the oil and gas, communication, aviation and finance sectors. Dr. Ettefagh is a member of the executive committee and the board of directors of The Development Foundation, an advisor to the United Nations High Commission for Refugees, and an advisor to a number of European companies. Dr. Ettefagh speaks Persian (Farsi), English, German, French, Spanish, Italian, Arabic and Turkish.

Tough Times for Multilateralism

Kosovo’s independence is just the tip of the secessionist iceberg.

Posted by Ali Ettefagh Tehran, Iran | 10 COMMENTS
Feb 25, 2008 at 1:00 PM


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