• Kosovo’s Growing Pains A few weeks ago, in a burger bar in Kosovo’s capital Pristina, a local man heard me say I was from Scotland and struck up a conversation. He had lived in the Sighthill area of Glasgow for some years, came home after the Kosovo war ended in 1999 and now worked in insurance. But Kosovo’s […] 4 min read
  • Whose side are you on? Kosovo football dilemma sparks identity debate Written for BBC Radio Four’s From Our Own Correspondent, broadcast on November 10, 2016: The fans of Kosovo’s national side are in good voice – even though the team’s so new that they don’t yet have many songs to sing. “We want victory!” they chant in the bus taking them to their first official home […] 4 min read
  • Eerie echoes of the Balkans in post-Saddam Iraq BAGHDAD, April 2003 (Reuters) – For anyone who thinks the current lawlessness in Iraq is a bit of exuberance with little long-term importance, veterans of Balkan stabilisation missions have some advice: Think again. If you don’t get law and order right at the start – even, some say, at the cost of a delay in […] 4 min read
  • The Criminal Consequences of Kosovo’s Post-War Disorder An EU prosecutor’s accusations of ethnic cleansing by Kosovo Liberation Army commanders reveal uncomfortable truths for the West. An image has stayed with me from a hot summer day in Kosovo in 1999. The burned-out ruins of a house are smouldering beneath a blue sky. A British soldier is trying to douse them with a […] 5 min read