Kosovo: New state could become a ‘Muslim’ model, says academic- - - - - - - - -
The new state of Kosovo could become a secular model for a Muslim state, a leading academic said on Tuesday.
James Walston, head of international relations at the American University in Rome, told Adnkronos International (AKI) the independence move, following the example of neighboring Bosnia-Herzegovina, could be good for Kosovo.
“Both have strong secular foundations made stronger by their desire to join the European Union,” Walston told AKI.
“A ‘Muslim’ Kosovo might provide a secular model for other countries with a Muslim majority. It could be very positive.”
As countries on both sides of the Atlantic continued to debate the merit of Kosovo’s independence move, Walston and other experts criticised the European Union for failing to produce a united front on the issue.
“It shows that EU foreign policy is a shambles,” Walston said. “It’s not surprising, we know who accepted and who didn’t.”
The US, Britain, France, Germany and Italy, all moved quickly to recognise the new state of Kosovo on Monday.
Russia has consistently opposed the move and appealed to the United Nations Security Council to block it. Spain, Slovakia, Cyprus and Romania are also opposed to Kosovo’s independence.
Robin Shepherd, senior research fellow for Europe at the London-based thinktank, Chatham House, said the European Union must find a way to resolve its differences over Kosovo.
“The European Union must find a way forward,” Shepherd told Adnkronos International (AKI). “I think the big countries will do their best to get the EU behind it but it is exposing its weaknesses.
“I think Kosovo’s future depends on long-term support. It needs investment aid but it needs to be tied with NATO and the EU.”
A European Union ministers meeting in Brussels on Monday “took note” of Kosovo’s declaration of independence, leaving it individual EU countries to recognise it unilaterally.
I agree with Dr. Walston (he must be a PhD to have such weighty opinions, right?): Kosovo could very well become a model Muslim nation.
It just won’t be the model that everyone is thinking of. Think Iran or the Taliban instead, only this time a Sunni version.
In the end, we will reap what we have sown.
Hat tip: C. Cantoni