Prishtina, December 5, 2023 – The American Chamber of Commerce in Kosovo (AmCham) hosted a thought-provoking panel discussion yesterday centered on the theme, “Kosovo as a Piece in the Geopolitical Puszzle.” The event featured experienced speakers and experts who discussed the complexities and challenges facing Kosovo in the global geopolitical landscape.
The Executive Director of AmCham, Arian Zeka, initiated the dialogue by highlighting the interconnectedness of Kosovo with the global geopolitical scene. Zeka underlined the indirect impact of international events, such as soaring inflation and ongoing crises in Ukraine and Middle East, on Kosovo’s economy and other aspects. He emphasized the important role of civil society, including AmCham, in comprehending and addressing potential threats and problems, and that businesses and citizens should not remain bystanders to the developments in the global landscape. Zeka drew attention to the low profile of the Kosovo’s international brand and necessity for a systemic promotion of its potentials before foreign investors.
Lulzim Peci, Executive Director of KIPRED and former ambassador, expounded on the theory of interdependence in geopolitics. Peci underscored how Kosovo’s geographical situation has shaped its identity and character. He emphasized the significance of consolidating the state and noted that Kosovo, despite distractions caused by crises worldwide, is still in the focus of the United States. He called for normalization of relations with Serbia, as they negatively impact Kosovo’s image, and advocated for a final agreement and swift integration into NATO to enhance investor confidence.
On the other hand, Xhavit Gashi, professor, former diplomat, and military officer, among others discussed the role of technology and artificial intelligence in geopolitics. Gashi stressed the dual nature of technological advancements, offering both positive opportunities and potential threats. He urged investments not only in infrastructure but also in human capital to counteract risks like disinformation, hybrid warfare, and cyber attacks. Gashi emphasized cultivating relations with allies like the USA and the EU, viewing them as essential for Kosovo’s progress.
Finally, the Executive Director of KCSF Taulant Hoxha, offered insights into Kosovo’s EU aspirations amid the bloc’s internal challenges. He expressed skepticism about the feasibility of the Western Balkans joining the EU by 2030, citing internal consensus reaching challenges within the EU itself. Hoxha highlighted the need for the international community’s understanding and support for Kosovo’s development. He also pointed out the strategic importance of not solely relying on the mistakes of opponents but actively contributing to Kosovo’s progress.
The panel discussion provided a platform for insightful discussions, shedding light on the multifaceted challenges and opportunities shaping Kosovo’s geopolitical stance.