So I just finished reading the International Crisis Group's report on Kosovo. The report can be found here. (That's the .pdf version. MSWord file on this page.) It's 41 pages long, but reads faster than you might think. Though, as I told Talos at Histologion the other day, I was slowed by scribbling notes in the margins. Here's the short version: it recommends that Kosovo be given independence sometime in 2006. Unfortunately, IMO it doesn't make a very convincing case for this. I went in wondering why this would be a good idea; I finished, and I was still wondering. That said, it's worth reading. Very much so. It doesn't whitewash either the Albanians or the Serbs, and it has several modest but plausible ideas for improving relations between the two groups. In fact, the more modest the ideas, the more plausible they become IMO. I want to post about this in a little more detail, time permitting. (Which it doesn't right now.) Meanwhile, I encourage anyone who's interested to check it out and comment.