Completed Projects

Assessing Albania’s NATO membership: Policy implications on domestics and foreign policy

Author: megi / Date: 17-02-2015

Two years after Albania’s accession to NATO, it is time to understand and debate the actual perceptions of Albanians for NATO. Considering the overwhelming support and sky-high expectations Albanians had before the accession, it would be useful to explore: the actual level of support for NATO; if the accession to NATO has fulfilled people’s sky-high expectations; people’s readiness to bear the costs of membership, taking into account that 2% of the country’s GDP goes for NATO; and, people’s readiness to accept that Albanian soldiers can lose their lives by taking part in risky military missions. In addition, it would be very important to examine: the implications of NATO membership in domestic and foreign politics of Albania; the relations with other countries in the region after the accession; Albanians’ views on the new strategic concept of NATO; as well as the expectations for the future of NATO. In order to respond to these questions, the AIIS conducted a study and organized a series of pubic events.

PRISNET: Network to empower volunteering work within the prison system in Europe and in the Western Balkans

Author: megi / Date: 17-02-2015

AIIS was the Albanian Partner of Italian organization AGENFOR in the PRISNET project targeting inmates of various ethnic, cultural and religious backgrounds. On July 8-9 all the partners involved in the PRISSNET regional project financed by the European Commission were hosted in Tirana Albania participating in the conference titled “ Minorities in the prisons of the Western Balkans”, a two day event followed by a field visit to an Albanian prison facility on the final third day. The conference was conceived to have an official and media event on Friday with the participation of key, high profile figures from the public administration, academia, civil society, international community, diplomacy, etc. The second day was devoted to more in depth experts’ discussions through Expert User Group (EUG) meetings, one for law enforcement agencies and one for civil society organizations (CSOs).

Albania and the EU: Together we grow

Author: megi / Date: 17-02-2015

AIIS is convinced of the need to nourish, reorient and deepen the public debate on the European integration. With this project the Albanian Institute for International Studies (AIIS)) will prepare a critical information package based on a programme series of 10 television fora, each centered on a short clip summarizing the topic of the day that is then discussed by EU affairs and integration experts, as well as policy makers. The clips that will serve as the pillars of each forum, will present the specific policy/topic through a common-citizen-centered, ‘human face’ approach.

Talking NATO and today’s security a series of public events in Albania

Author: megi / Date: 17-02-2015

The tour “One Year After NATO Membership: The Local Relevance” was organized in some Albanian cities and attracted the interest of the participants, especially that of students which were the main active participants of this activity. The tour, in particular, gave the possibility to the participants to expand their knowledge about NATO and its activity.

Security Sector Reform in Albania

Author: megi / Date: 17-02-2015

The Study analyses security sector reform (SSR) in Albania. In all its enterprises in reforming the security sector, Albania is assisted by different initiatives and projects that provide expertise and financial support. To assess whether reforms improved the overall security environment (national and human) of the country, it is necessary to measure the effectiveness of the various initiatives and projects. This is gauged by how well the initiatives and projects achieved their defined goals, the level of coordination at the national and international level among those institutions working in the same specific field, and the sustainability and ownership of reforms. The evaluation of SSR in Albania is primarily based on official national documents, national legislation, situation reports of Albanian and international institutions related to reforms in the security sector, and national and international press coverage of security events and incidents.

Empowering the Albanian Media to Monitor the Stabilisation and Association Process

Author: megi / Date: 17-02-2015

This project aimed to assist journalists in improving their understanding, monitoring and reporting of the SAp by creating an interactive website which serves now as a general source of information – it has easy to digest information on the SAA/SAP that journalists may need as a background for almost any reporting; a tailored source of information – through its interactive format, website content is regularly updated by AIIS staff in response to journalists’ questions and needs; a “prompt” – through its interactivity and membership option, the website aims to deliver member journalists prompts, notifications of relevant upcoming developments, trainings and professional opportunities accompanied by briefs explaining context and relevance.

House of Europe – a platform for information, research, publication, debate, training and networking

Author: megi / Date: 17-02-2015

The overall objective of this project was to multiply and consolidate all efforts for promoting public debate in Albania into an integrated comprehensive information platform that served to kick off and then permanently nourished a well-informed public debate on European integration at multiple levels of the Albanian society. The 'House of Europe' was an all-encompassing platform of Information, Research, Debate, Training and Networking dedicated to this objective.

Albanian Business Community & European Integration Process

Author: megi / Date: 17-02-2015

The objectives of the project are, first, to increase the level of knowledge on the European Union and the EU integration process. Second, the programme aims to increase the capacity of the business community to retrieve and process information on different EU programmes.

Debating NATO Integration in Albania

Author: megi / Date: 17-02-2015

AIIS designed the project out of our concern that no study was conducted on the attitudes of the Albanian public regarding NATO membership. The project assessed the level of information and expectations of four elite groups of the Albanian society on NATO and Albania’s potential membership. The groups were the civil servants, military personnel, journalists and political analysts, and representatives of the civil society. The rationale behind the choice of the target groups was that because of their social position, they play a particular role as opinion leaders and decision makers. Therefore, the elite attitudes towards NATO are a good indicator of the attitudes of the Albanian population.

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