Recent & Upcoming Activities

  • Fort Dodge, Iowa and and Gjakova, Kosovo continue to work towards establishing a sister city relationship. Representatives from Kosovo will attend a meeting in Fort Dodge. The Messenger has an article with more.

  • This past summer, Iowa State University senior Emily Zagula worked for the Kosovo Ministry of Agriculture. She kept a blog about her experience, with photos and stories about her time in Kosovo.

  •  Filmmaker Luke Harwath has been working hard on his Iowa-Kosovo Documentary and has a sneak peak into this upcoming film! Luke has done a great job of showcasing Kosovo as an emerging country and how Iowa has had a role in it. Luke plans on premiering the film during Dokufest 2016 in Kosovo. Watch the video below to see the clip! 

There is a lot of work that still needs to be done and we need your help! In order to complete the film we are looking for donations to help this film become a reality. If you would like to donate to this film please use the form below to make a donation.


Kosovo is Iowa's newest Sister State. Governor Terry Branstad announced the partnership in June 2013 after Kosovo Prime Minister Hashim Thaci visited Des Moines. The relationship blossomed from the State Partnership Program established between the Iowa National Guard and the Kosovo Security Force. Adjutant Major General Timothy Orr played a key role in promoting the partnership to Sister State status. The official agreement was signed in July 2013 between Governor Branstad of Iowa and President Atifete Jahjaga of Kosovo.

Meet the Leadership

Dennis Dietz, Chair

​Dennis has been a volunteer for ISS for many years, and he is the founding Chair of the Iowa-Kosovo Sister State relationship. He and his wife Sheila have home-hosted for several visiting international delegations.

Dennis was the Second Vice President & Counsel at Mutual Benfit Life, Farm Investment Division. He is currently a retired Judge Advocate for the Iowa Army National Guard.