International Relations Research News

“Spatiality in Post-Conflict Settings of Mitrovica” Prof. Bátora's Research Findings Presented

The main findings of the paper, titled "Spaces and Institutional Logics in Post-Conflict Settings of Mitrovica" co-authored by Webster Vienna’s International Relation faculty member Prof. Jozef Bátora was presented to participants of the International Studies Association Convention in Toronto on March 28, 2019.

The paper, co-authored by Kari Osland, senior researcher from the Norwegian Institute of International Affairs, Florian Qehaja, director of Kosovo Centre for Security Studies and Sonja Stojanovic-Gajic, director of Belgrade Centre for Security Policy, reports on findings of a team led by Prof. Bátora.

This research was done within the framework of the project "EUNPACK - Unpacking the EU's integrated approach to external conflicts and crises", focusing on the EU's crisis response in various conflict zones.

Prof. Bátora and his colleagues argue for an expanded concept of ‘everyday peace’ - including the spatial dimension which focuses on governing differences by particular institutional logics. This concept fosters boundary building and transgression in post-conflict settings. This is supported by data from surveys and interviews conducted around bridges in North- and South-Mitrovica - an ethnically divided town in Kosovo between 2017 and 2019.


How the German Right came to support Israel

In the face of growing anti-Semitism in the West, we should pay attention to a recent vote in the German parliament.

On March 14, the Free Democrats, a mildly economic-libertarian party in the Bundestag, submitted a resolution that called out the anti-Israel bias of United Nations institutions and urged the German government to oppose this ongoing practice. It highlighted the one-sidedness within the U.N. in recent years — for example, that the U.N. General Assembly passed 26 resolutions criticizing specific states in 2018, and 21 times these resolutions were aimed against Israel…

Read the full article written by Ralph Schoellhammer, a lecturer in Economics and Political Science at Webster University Vienna and you can follow his work on twitter under @Raphfel