Partitioning Kosovo: Moral and Practical Grounds for Redrawing State Borders

Recently, proposals for revising the border between Kosovo and Serbia have been floated. Major outside actors have consistently opposed territorial revision. They fear contagion to Bosnia and Macedonia, worry about violence, and oppose drawing borders on an ethnic basis.
These objections are reflexive, but how real are they? This paper examines an alternative narrative about territorial revision: that it might enable normalization of relations between Serbia and Kosovo and more efficient internal governance within Kosovo, without jeopardizing Serb enclaves in the south.
Above all, the dominant view is disengaged from the demographic underpinnings of the crisis. The legal and moral basis for NATO’s 1999 intervention and Kosovars’ own independence points to the plausibility of viewing territorial revision not as a problem, but a solution. It is precisely by engaging with how borders and identity are related that the lines of this crisis are most likely to be resolved.