Kosovo’s ‘Democratic Test’ will only come after elections

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"Kosova Republikë!" printed on a wall in Pristina, Kosovo

"Kosova Republikë!" printed on a wall in Pristina, Kosovo

Image: Marco Fieber

Disclaimer: Views expressed in this commentary are those of the staff member. This commentary is independent of specific national or political interests. Views expressed do not necessarily represent the institutional position of International IDEA, its Board of Advisers or its Council of Member States.


Kosovo’s longer-term challenge with democratisation is not the election day. The chances are that this time, too, the elections will be organized in line with international standards.

In the long run, Kosovo’s challenge is the backsliding that occurs after elections: the delays, uncompromising positions, behind-the-scene manipulations, political buy-outs and sell-outs.

Read the full article published on Balkan Inisght.

About the Author

Senior Programme Officer
Armend Bekaj
Armend Bekaj is Senior Programme Officer at the Democracy Assessment, Analysis and Advisory (DAAA) Unit. He is  part of the Steering and Writing teams of International IDEA’s signature publication. In addition, he is involved  in the migration portfolio, examining the impact of migration waves on democratic institutions and processes.    
Bekaj has 15 years of experience working with international organizations and civil society in the UK and the Western Balkans, such as the OSCE, USAID and UNDP. He has also taken part in several collaborative research efforts bringing together researchers, practitioners and policy-makers from various countries to cross examine issues of post-conflict securitization, political transformation of former combatants, and other societal impacts resulting from war to peace transition. Bekaj was also Adjunct Lecturer at the Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) Kosovo in Pristina, where he taught courses on International Relations and Public Policy.