Importance Of Black Sea For Allied Security

By Janusz Bugajski There are four reasons why the Black Sea region is important for the security of Europe and the Atlantic Alliance: state integrity, military security, economic cohesion, and international cooperation. First, with regard to state integrity, weak states,

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The 41 Golgotha-s of one massacred girl

By Alba Cela After the news of the girl that was brutally massacred and found in pieces at the lake of Zall Herr, 41 pair of parents went to the National Morgue in Tirana to check whether this poor creature

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Monetary and Financial Stability: Challenges in South-Eastern Europe

by Lorenzo Bini Smaghi, Member of the Executive Board of the European Central Bank Keynote Speech at the Bank of Albania 6th International Conference "Regional Financial Market and Financial Stability. A Concept between National Sovereignty and Globalisation". Tirana, Albania 30

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Kosovo towards normal statehood within the EU

TT-Could you please introduce yourself and the organization that you work for? AA-my name is Alex Anderson, director of the Kosovo project of the ICC. The ICC is an international non-profit organization composed mainly of former statesmen and state women.

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Albanian Euroscepticism? – The wrong debate in the wrong place at the wrong time

By Albert Rakipi Attempts to think critically and debate publicly the nature of the relationship between Albania and the European Union are most necessary at this juncture of Albania's efforts to integrate. In the last fifteen years and especially in

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West Balkans in the Spotlight

By Janusz Bugajski A landmark conference organized by the Center for Strategic and International Studies on Balkan economic development, regional cooperation, and international integration was held in Washington on 5-6 October. The event generated substantial interest among the policy and

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Changing Albania

By Sali Berisha I feel immensely indebted to the Council of Europe for the continuous support to Albania. Council of Europe was the first international institution I visited in 1992, only a few weeks after I was elected President of

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EU single seat in the Security Council: too Kantian to be loved

By Albert Rakipi In March 1997 Dutch ambassador Jan de Marchant et d' Ansembourg assured Albanian authorities on behalf of the European Union that "Albania is part of the great European family". Situated in Europe's backyard, the small Balkan country

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Albanian economy: advantages and incentives

By Ardian Fullani Recently Albanian economy has reached a commendable macroeconomic equilibrium, sustained by an economic growth of 5-6 percent, low inflation levels well contained within a 2-3 percent band, and continuously shrinking budget deficits. It is my pleasure to

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Close cooperation with the USA and NATO

By Sali Berisha Ten years have passed since the March of 1996, when we together here in Tirana launched the process of the Southeast Europe Defense Ministerial. This, was our common answer to the new security challenges that our region

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