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The World Affairs Council was honored to host the President of Kosovo, Dr. Fatmir Sejdiu, on January 12. As the leader of the world’s youngest country, Dr. Sejdiu is optimistic about Kosovo’s future, but also recognizes the many challenges it faces. Regionally, Kosovo is challenged by Serbia’s continued refusal to acknowledge the state’s independence. Globally, Kosovo has only been recognized by 65 of the 192 sovereign UN member states, including the United States and 22 of the 27 European Union member states; notably absent from this group are Spain, Russia and China. As Kosovo’s second anniversary approaches, the president ended on a positive note: “We can’t forget, but we can move forward!”

To listen to the entire program with President Sejdiu, please visit our online archive. To read about the latest country to recognize Kosovo’s independence, Mauritania, click here, and to learn more about the Serbian position, read the recent New York Times interview with Serbia’s Minister of Foreign Affairs.

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The Republic of Kosovo declared its independence in February 2008 and currently 64 countries have recognized her as a sovereign state. After almost two years of self-rule, the Council is honored to host Kosovo’s first President, Dr. Fatmir Sejdiu, on Tuesday, January 12th to discuss the future for this new nation.

For a look back at the days before and after Kosovo declared independence, visit New York Times journalist Andrew Testa’s slide show.

With its international allies and partners committed to ensuring the stability of Kosovo, watch BBC News’ coverage of President Clinton’s recent trip to Prishtina, the capital of Kosovo, for the inauguration of a statue honoring our 42nd President.

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