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

Author: megi / Date: 17-02-2015 /

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

2011      

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.
The project is supported by US Embassy in Tirana, NATO Public Diplomacy Division