From Vancouver to Vladivostok -the perilous direction of the Albanian democracy slide

From Vancouver to Vladivostok -the perilous direction of the Albanian democracy slide

In one of the heaviest sessions of the Albanian parliament, the past meddled into the present with all its heavy baggage of polarization, aggressive name-calling and utilization of history. Three decades after the fall of the communist regime, various MPs

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Kosovo-Serbia Dialogue Back to Limbo

Kosovo-Serbia Dialogue Back to Limbo

JELICA MINIĆ Step by step, the idea and practice of the dialogue between Serbia and Kosovo has been gaining ground over the last decade. Despite obstructions, stagnation and backsliding, this dialogue has become a necessity and normality; some parts of

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The Albanian OSCE Chairmanship 2020 or how the values and norms of the organization were trodden upon at the top

The Albanian OSCE Chairmanship 2020 or how the values and norms of the organization were trodden upon at the top

By Genc Pollo Last week the OSCE could not reach the required consensus to reappoint its Secretary General and the current heads of its three institutions: the Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR), the High Commissioner on National

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Time to restore the

Time to restore the "old" Albanian Foreign Service

Debates regarding the candidacy of the new Albanian Ambassador to Athens, Luela Hajderaga, have dominated the meetings of the Parliament's Foreign Affairs Committee during the past few days. The strongest opposition to the candidacy has come from former Minister of

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COVID 19: Pandemics, Infodemics, and Geopolitics

COVID 19: Pandemics, Infodemics, and Geopolitics

KRISTINA LANI While COVID-19 quickly spread around the globe and the term 'pandemic' opened news programs ranging from CNN to small local stations in virtually every town, citizens soon understood that, besides the unknown threatening virus, they had to face

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Greek-Italian Agreement may Benefit the Delimitation of Maritime Boundaries with Albania

Greek-Italian Agreement may Benefit the Delimitation of Maritime Boundaries with Albania

BLEDAR FETA Enough reasons for optimism Many in Athens and Tirana are optimistic. They strongly believe that a negotiation on the basis of the Greek-Italian deal can be of great benefit in resolving the Greek-Albanian border dispute. They see it

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You can't have your cake and eat it too

You can't have your cake and eat it too

It was the deal of the year, the fulfillment of the first condition to proceed ahead with the accession negotiations and it was heralded as a major achievement by international stakeholders from Brussels to Washington D.C. Even State Secretary Pompeo,

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From the National Theater of Tirana to the Haghia Sophia of Istanbul

From the National Theater of Tirana to the Haghia Sophia of Istanbul

By Genc Pollo In April 2009, then a Deputy Prime Minister I led the Albanian delegation to the Second Global Forum  Alliance of Civilizations that was held in Istanbul. This UN endorsed Alliance was initiated by the Turkish Prime Minister

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Albania Kosovo – Unity, damage control and nationalism

Albania Kosovo – Unity, damage control and nationalism

After "daci bao" sent by The Hague for President Thaci The two days visit of Albanian Prime Minister Edi Rama to Kosovo which just concluded had a pretty intensive agenda. There were numerous meetings with political actors from all over

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Thaci's indictment: these questions need to be answered

Thaci's indictment: these questions need to be answered

It is almost a week now since the ominous moment when the charges of the Special prosecutor's office at the Hague against Kosovo President Hashim Thaci, former Assembly Speaker Veseli and others were made public just hours before the first one was to step on an airplane carrying him to Washington

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