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Alejandra Finotto

Alejandra Finotto is a research trainee at Vocal Europe. She is currently pursuing her Bachelor Degree in International Studies. She has been studying in University of California, Berkeley; Université Libre de Bruxelles and Universidad Carlos III of Madrid. She is passionate about Peace and Conflict studies, with a special interest in political transitions and the Middle East. She is fluent in Spanish, Italian, English and French.


Just last year, Kosovo was celebrating its 10th anniversary of Independence, which it declared on February 2008 unilaterally from Serbia. Despite having a past marked by conflict, especially given the 1998 national-led uprisings in former Yugoslavia and subsequent 1999 NATO bombings, the country nowadays has undergone a process of reconstruction and presents itself as thriving for modernity and to find its place in the international arena.

Kosovo nowadays accounts with a GDP (PPP) of 19.6 billion dollars, of which 70% proceeds from the sector of services.[1] It also has the youngest population in Europe, with 50% of its population under the age of 35.[2] The young country represents an opportunity to the rest of the world, and particularly for the European Union, for economic investment given its potential growth and youth sector.

But it also offers the chance to the rest of the world of maintaining diplomatic relations with an enclave in the Balkans, which has a very relevant geostrategic position being located between the EU, Turkey, and Russia.

 

 

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[1] https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/geos/kv.html

[2] https://www.politico.eu/interactive/in-pictures-kosovo-10th-anniversary-future-being-shaped-by-its-youth/

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