Kosovo Web Links
Below are links by topical categories to resources primarily in English providing information on Kosovo, a province of Serbia in the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia. For related web links, see Regional Resources: Europe. For more USIP resources see Kosovo.
- General Resources
- Government Agencies and International Organizations
- Maps and Guides
- Media and News Sources
- Peace Agreements
These links complement these Special Reports:
- Kosovo Dialogue: Too Little, Too Late
- Kosovo: Escaping the Cul de Sac
- Taking Stock and Looking Forward: Intervention in the Balkans and Beyond
- Kosovo Final Status: Options and Cross-Border Requirements
- Simulating Kosovo: Lessons for Final Status Negotiations
- Lawless Rule Versus Rule of Law in the Balkans
- Kosovo Decision Time: How and When?
These web links also support USIP's Balkans Initiative.
The sites below collect links to other Internet resources which describe the background, history and current events in Kosovo.
- Balkans Conflict: CDI Resources
Web site of the Center for Defense Information (CDI) has links to documents, articles, maps and organizations.
- INCORE guide to Internet sources on conflict and ethnicity in Kosovo
A selective list of annotated links to email lists and newsgroups, news sources,articles and documents, NGOs, maps, etc. from the Initiative on Conflict Resolution & Ethnicity.
- ISN: Information Services: Kosovo Peace Process
Extensive annotated links to documents, government agencies, organizations, and news sources, organized by the International Relations and Security Network in Zurich.
- Kosovo Conflict 1999
Bigchalk: Homework Central has compiled extensive resources on Kosovo for high school students, including links to sources for news, country and historical information, international organizations, languages, ethnic groups, religion, biography, culture and arts.
- Mario's Cyberspace Station: Kosovo Crisis
From the very busy main page, scroll down to the list of subjects and select Kosovo Crisis. A comprehensive site based in Croatia produced by freelance journalist Mario Profaca, it provides links to an array of regional and international news sources and organizations with information on the background and current situation in Kosovo, plus links to full text articles, a search engine and a road map of Kosovo.
- Sources on the Balkan Peninsula: Yugoslavia
A collection of links compiled by the Hellenic Resources Institute and posted on their network, covering news sources, agencies, organizations, political parties, and lists of links from commercial search engines such as Yahoo! and Alta Vista.
- Target Kosovo
Compiled by the Federation of American Scientists, this comprehensive set of links covers security, military analysis sources, news sources, international agencies, government organizations and a discussion of congressional debate and background information on the conflict.
Council of Europe
- Council of Europe
Web site includes a web page on the elections in Kosovo and the Council of Europe Observation Mission, with election results, statements, reports, maps and other resources.
- Commitment to Kosovo
Web site of the European Union's resources on Kosovo, the site includes a mission statement, news, events, publications and documents, and links to related web sites such as the European Agency for Reconstruction (EAR) or the European Community Humanitarian Office (ECHO).
Federal Republic of Yugoslavia
- Federal Ministry for Foreign Affairs, Federal Republic of Yugoslavia
The web site of the foreign ministry includes bulletins, analysis and information on foreign policy and current topics and links to other governmental web sites.
- University of Toronto G8 Information Centre
This website, hosted by the library at the University of Toronto, contains documents of the G8 meetings, including the May 6, 1999 statement on the "general principles on the political solution to the Kosovo crisis," and proposals on the "civilian aspects of the implementation of an interim peace settlement in Kosovo" dated June 10, 1999.
Independent International Commission on Kosovo
- Independent International Commission on Kosovo
The web site provides analysis and reports on Kosovo, including the October 2000 Kosovo Report and September 2001 update.
International Crisis Group (ICG)
- CrisisWeb: the International Crisis Group on-line system
The ICG web site provides breaking news and has an overview of its Balkans Program, with several projects organized by region, and links to full-text reports: Albania, Bosnia, Kosovo and reports on Kosovo, Macedonia, Montenegro and Serbia.
International Organization for Migration (IOM)
- International Organization for Migration (IOM): Kosovo
The IOM-Kosovo web site provides information on various IOM projects in Kosovo: Kosovo Information Project, Kosovo Information Assistance Initiative, Kosovo Protection Corps Training Program, among others as well as medical programs, counter-trafficking, mine awareness campaigns, assisting evacuations and returns and links to related web sites.
North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO)
- Allied Forces Southern Europe
"Operation Allied Force is a NATO contingency response aiming at ensuring full compliance with UN Security Council Resolution 1199 (Sept. 23rd 1998)." Air strikes began March 24, 1999 in the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia and ended June 10, 1999. The web site includes background information, images, map, transcripts, multimedia, and list of participating forces.
- Operation Allied Harbour began April 16, 1999 "to provide humanitarian assistance in support of, and in close coordination with, the UNHCR and Albanian civil and military authorities, to alleviate the suffering of those who were forced to leave their homes in Kosovo and are now in Albania."
- Operation Determined Guarantor, first begun "to conduct an extraction of OSCE Kosovo Verification Mission (KVM) Verifiers and/or Persons with Designated Special Status in Kosovo in order to assure their safety," now is "engaged in providing support to humanitarian assistance to Kosovar refugees."
- Operation Eagle Eye" consisted of NATO verification flights over Kosovo, the southern province of the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia. Through this multinational peace-support operation, the Alliance was able to contribute to verification of compliance with United Nations Security Council Resolution 1199 (Sept. 23rd 1998)." Operation Eagle Eye flights over Kosovo ceased on 24 March 1999. The Kosovo Verification Co-ordination Centre (KVCC) was part of Operation Eagle Eye.
- Operation Joint Guardian (KFOR), authorized by the North Atlantic Council on June 10, 1999, "is a NATO contingency response aiming at ensuring full compliance with the Military Technical Agreement signed by NATO and FRY military authorities on 9 June 1999 and with UN Security Council Resolution 1244 (June 10, 1999)." The web site includes background information, images, list of participating forces, and related links. Includes a link to the KFOR Online Homepage, which details the establishment of KFOR, and has news, background, press, media and contact information, photos, video and audio clips, maps and and more links to related web sites.
- NATO Official Homepage
The NATO homepage links to documents and briefings on Operation Joint Guardian and a calendar of daily press briefings, statements, maps and aerial views for Operation Allied Force. Also includes a link to historical overview of NATO's role in relation to the conflict and background information.
Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE)
- OSCE Mission in Kosovo
The web site has a special section on the 2001 elections in Kosovo, covering election operations, voter information, regulatory information and election observers. The OSCE site also gives an overview of the mission and contains relevant documents, fact sheets, profiles, statements and press releases, feature stories, activities, and links to other web resources, including and OSCE documents library.
Republic of Serbia
- Serbia Info News: Kosovo & Metohija
News and information from the Ministry of Information, Republic of Serbia. Includes a special section of documents on Kosovo and Metohija.
- Ministry of Foreign Affairs
In Russian, with links to information in four other languages, including English, the web site contains a daily news bulletin, documents, press releases (including some dealing with Kosovo), statements, briefings, and links to government agencies. Also includes search capability.
- Humanitarian Community Information Centre (HCIC)
Web site includes database of NGOs working in Kosovo, an atlas, reports on Kosovo reconstruction and links to related web sites.
- International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia
Web site includes latest news and documents, judgements, indictments and procedings including the trial of Slobodan Milosevic, featuring daily transcripts of the hearings and weekly summaries. Other documents include the Second Amended Indictment (concerning Kosovo) against Slobodan Milosevich and others and a fact sheet about the case.
- ReliefWeb: Balkans The Latest
ReliefWeb, a project of the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), has a database of the latest news and reports on the humanitarian crisis in Kosovo and the Balkans. The database can be searched by month going back to December 1997, by source (organization name), by format or type of report, or by the latest news first. Keyword search capability is available, as are links to related reports. Yugoslavia: The Latest country information has additional material and links for Kosovo. Within country listing, related links include background information and topics such as refugees and IDPs with a link to IDPs in Yugoslavia (Former Republic of) from the Global IDP Project on internally displaced persons.
- United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights: Human Rights in Kosovo
This web site brings together the press releases, statements, resolutions and reports by the High Commissioner, Secretary-General of the United Nations and the Special Rapporteur concerning the human rights situation in Kosovo and the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia. Also includes links to related organizations.
- United Nations Interim Administration Mission in Kosovo (UNMIK)
The web site groups UN-related news items, press releases, statements, declarations, reports, press conferences and briefings, images and documents concerning the United Nations' involvement in Kosovo. Includes a chronology of the mission, links to other UN organizations and related web sites.
- U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID): Office for Transition Initiatives (OTI): Kosovo
The web site for USAID-OTI on Kosovo contains a summary page with background information on OTI program in Kosovo, the Kosovo Transitition Initiative (KTI). Includes links to the main page for OTI, substantive country field reports, and the USAID Mission for Kosovo.
- U.S. Department of State: Building Peace in Kosovo
Archived U.S. Department of State's site to material released prior to January 21, 2001 includes official statements, press briefings, fact sheets, reports on ethnic cleansing and the situation in Kosovo (special reports entitled: Ethnic Cleansing in Kosovo: An Accounting, December 1999 and Erasing History, Ethnic Cleansing in Kosovo, May 1999). Provides a section on Kosovo Refugee Assistance Information and links to other related Internet sites. Includes remarks of former Secretary of State Albright on Kosovo given at the United States Institute of Peace. The current U.S. Department of State's web site has material on the Balkans.
- U.S. Department of State: Yugoslavia, Federal Republic of: Country Reports on Human Rights Practices: 2001 (Section on Kosovo)
The U.S. State Department's extensive report on human rights in the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia, released by the Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor, March 4, 2002. Reports for 2000 and previous years 1993-1999 are available online.
- U. S. European Command
The United States European Command web site for Kosovo links to Operation Joint Guardian/Task Force Falcon, which describes the U.S. contribution to the NATO operations.
- U.S. Institute of Peace: Declarations from Airlie, Lansdowne and Sofia
These documents are the result of meetings aimed at peace-building efforts in Kosovo, facilitated by USIP: the Airlie Declaration, reached at Airlie House in Warrenton, Virginia, July 24, 2000; the Lansdowne Declaration, September 13, 2000 from the Landsdowne Center in Virginia, and the Sofia Declaration, from Sofia, Bulgaria on December 17, 1999.
- Economic Reconstruction and Development in South East Europe
A joint web site of the European Commission and the World Bank created "as part of the international community's reponse to the Kosovo crisis," it contains a calendar of events/conferences, news releases, speeches and statements, documents issued by the EU, UN, IMF and IMF/WB, including the Stability Pact for South Eastern Europe from June 10, 1999, links to related sites, with other sections of the web site under construction. The announcement of the launching of the joint web site describes the scope and types of information that will be covered, including assessment of the economic impacts and costs of the Kosovo crisis, reconstruction needs, and register of donor assistance.
- Rebuilding Kosovo
Web site of the World Bank Group provides news releases, press briefings, reports, country briefs and regional information, background reports, with key indicators and tables of comparative trends in PDF files (requires Adobe® Acrobat® Reader to view).
- BBC NEWS | History File | Yugoslavia & the Balkans | 1900-1998
Clicking on the dates of the timeline gives a picture of the Balkan borders over time and a brief historical overview.
- Kosovo Maps
Maps from the Perry-Castaneda Library Map Collection of the University of Texas at Austin. These maps were produced by the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency and the Army Corps of Engineers.
- Mario's Cyberspace Station: Road map of Kosovo
Clicking on a particular section of Kosovo bring up a detailed road map of the area and zooms it to 1:500.000 in size. Also includes a new Albanian-Yugoslav border map.
- ReliefWeb Map Centre: Yugoslavia
On the United Nations ReliefWeb site, links point to maps of Kosovo produced by UNHCR, USAID, USIP, the UN Cartographic Section and the World Food Programme.
- Yugoslavia: CIA World Factbook
Basic facts on Yugoslavia (which includes the province of Kosovo as part of Serbia) prepared by the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency.
- AIM: Alternative Information Network
The web site for AIM (Alternativna informativna mreza) describes the organization, includes articles in English from various East European centers, including Pristina. Links to related web sites and subscription by e-mail is available.
An archived source in English on the situation in Kosovo (1999), on the site of the daily Koha Ditore from Pristina.
- BBC News | Kosovo
A comprehensive special report on Kosovo by the BBC which includes a chronology of the conflict, background, history, highlights. maps and current news. Audio and video interviews also available. Some special sections include the Interactive Fact File, interactive maps and databases providing information on country positions on NATO air strikes, military hardware, and key figures in the crisis and Kosovo-the conflict on the web, describing how the conflict is being reported on the web.
- Common Dreams' News Center: News in Depth: the Kosovo War
An extensive collection of links to news sources, opinion and analysis, special reports on the Kosovo crisis and organizations involved in the conflict.
- European Centre for Minority Issues (ECMI)
The web site for this Danish-German research institute has a links database to minority issues, with links to Kosovo crisis web pages, including several documents and other full text publications. Under development is a Electronic Map of Ethnopolitical Conflict in Europe.
- Institute for War and Peace Reporting
"An independent publishing and media group" based in London, the web site of the IPWR contains several special reports on the conflict in the region, such as the Balkan Crisis Reports and Tribunal Update, which reports on the International War Crimes Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia.
- Kosova Crisis News
Compiled by the Eurasia Research Center, these links include numerous media and news sources, search engines, Serbian, Albanian and other organizations and government agencies.
"The first internet radio service in Albanian," this site has news stories and interviews. Includes a history and description of the station in English as well as current news. Other pages are under contruction. Requires Real Player for audio of radio programs in Albanian.
- Radio B92
Web site of Radio and TV B92, with breaking news from Yugoslavia in English, Serbian, Albanian and Hungarian. Includes interviews, discussions, music charts, and descriptions of various B92 projects.
- Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (RFE/RL)
The RFE/RL Newsline for Southeastern Europe, a daily report of developments in the region, contains news from Kosovo, as does the weekly REF/RL Balkan Report. The Crime and Corrruption Watch covers organized crime and terrorism in the former USSR, East Europe and the Middle East. Archives of past issues and subscription by e-mail are also available. In addition, REF/RL has a special archived section on NATO and Yugoslavia with links to news broadcasts in four languages, and a list of links to related web sites on Kosovo.
- WashingtonPost.com: Balkans Report
A comprehensive report from 1999 on Kosovo and the Balkans, with a featured story, background information, timelines, photos, maps, documents, web links, etc.
- Yahoo! Full Coverage: Kosovo News
Links to numerous current articles from worldwide news sources on the Kosovo situation, including wire services (Reuters, AP), major newspaper sites, audio and video sites (NPR and BBC), and several related sites from various organizations and governments.
- Kosovo: Peace Agreements Digital Collection
Full text of some of the agreements ending NATO's bombing campaign in Kosovo, including the Military Technical Agreement from June 9, 1999, the UN Security Council Resolution 1244 from June 10, 1999, and the Rambouillet Agreement from February 23, 1999, part of the U.S. Institute of Peace Library's Peace Agreements Digital Collection.
Updated: February 19 2003