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Call for papers:
Albania 25 years after communism: Rebuilding state and society

A quarter of a century ago, Albanians rose to overthrow a brutal dictatorship under the slogan “We want Albania to be like the rest of Europe!” A quarter of a century later, Albania has barely managed to gain the official EU candidate status after long and repetitive attempts. One could argue that despite recent progress, Albania remains one of the laggards of EU integration and of transition in general. The challenges of building a full democracy, a functional market economy and of achieving the major milestone of becoming an EU member state remain difficult for the country and pace of progress uneven. The 25th anniversary of the European dream of Albania constitutes an important moment of reflection regarding the status of the European project in Albania and the ways in which to further it. It is equally important to contextualize the case of Albania with the developments of transition, post communist state development as well as European integration progress in the region, as well as bring in relevant comparisons from countries in Eastern and Central Europe.
Therefore, the Albanian Institute for International Studies (AIIS) calls upon all interested scholars experts, and analysts to contribute with their research and academic papers to the theoretical and practical examination of the transition and European integration dynamics of Albania in particular but also of the Western Balkans and the wider Central and Eastern Europe. Selected papers will be presented in an international academic conference in Tirana in November of 2015. All selected papers will be published by AIIS in a bilingual volume ( Albanian and English) right before the conference in November of 2015 and the publication will be distributed during the event. Deadlines:
- Abstract should be sent by March 29, 2015.
-Final paper: September 30, 2015 Please send all relevant documents and inquiries to ebutka@aiis-albania.org

Albania and Greece in the media: Coverage, Perceptions and Impact

The role of the media in both Albania and Greece cannot be overestimated as they have played an active and often unfortunately detrimental role in perpetuating and strengthening perceptions, stereotypes and instilling atmosphere of negativity when it comes to respective neighbors. AIIS is undertaking a new project an initiative to monitor media for a respective timeframe and Research already has produced quantitative and qualitative analysis about the coverage of Greece and various developments that relate to Albanian Greek relations in media and the report will findings is forthcoming in January 2015.
 
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