“The Role of the Internationals in the Transition in Albania”


                              Wednesday, 6 December, 2017

                        Tirana, Freedom Hall, Qyteti Studenti





09:00 – 09:30 Registration of the participants


Opening remarks


09:30 – 09:35 Ambassador Bernd Borchardt, Head of OSCE Presence in Albania


09:35 – 09:40   Ambassador Johann Sattler, Embassy of Austria to Albania


09:40 – 09:45   Mr. Mynyr Koni, Rector of the University of Tirana


09:45 – 09:50   Mrs. Artemis Dralo, Deputy Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs of Albania

09: 50 – 10:30 Key note speaker: Mr. Romano Prodi, former President of the EU Commission and Prime

Minister of Italy


10:30 – 11:00   Coffee break

11:00 – 13:00   Opening panel: The role of internationals at particular junctures of the Albanian postcommunist transition Speakers:

  • 1990: Storming the embassies, Werner Daum, former German Charge d’affaires – Albania’s transition, 1990-1992: U.S. support for a nascent democracy, Elez Biberaj
  • Minority and migrants, the Greek influence, Eleftheria Manta
  • Albania and the EU, Reinhard Priebe


A bumpy road toward democracy – international influence between 1990 and 2017 Speakers:


  • “‘America Is With Us’: A retrospective look at Huntington’s third wave in Albania’s context”, Fatos Tarifa, Rector of UNYT
  • Internationals in Albania: Why it’s more a history of failures than a history of success, Fatos Lubonja


13:00 – 13:45  Q & A session


13:45 – 14:30 Lunch

14:30 – 17:00 Thematic panel and discussion:

The role of the Internationals in the promotion of rule of law, human rights and democracy

Moderator: Dr. Ilir Kalemaj, Chair of Humanities, Law and Social Sciences Department, University of New York Tirana

  •  The role of the Internationals in the electoral reform in Albania, Afrim Krasniqi
  • -International community, as the most reliable and crucial actor in European integration and democratization processes in Albania during the transition years”, Assoc. Dr. Mirela Bogdani
  • -Theoretical and methodological challenges to democracy promotion, Eltion


  •    The European Union and the paradox of accession: the conflicting logics of integration and democracy in the case of Albania, Malvina Tema
  • The Albanian EU integration process: the OSCE between accountability and domestic implementation of the rule of law, Arba Bekteshi
  • The assistance and support of Internationals in Albania, a possible violation of the principle of non-intervention in the internal affairs?, Olsi Shehi




Closing remarks  by Ambassador Bernd Borchardt, Head of OSCE Presence in Albania






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