Completed Projects

Albania-Greece: Contemporary relations

This project was conducted in cooperation with the Hellenic Foundation for European and Foreign Policy (ELIAMEP) and aims at evaluating perceptions of Albanian and Greek citizens towards each other. A national survey was carried out in both countries and a Comprehensive Report (plus main findings in presentation modules) was prepared, reflecting upon perceptions of each others governments, peoples and a variety of factors that affect and determine the course of bilateral relations. A national event with stakeholders was organized in Tirana and Athens. 

Albania-Serbia Do perceptions equal reality?

The overall objective of this project was to contribute to the development and sustainability of relations between Albania and Serbia. The initiative therefore aimed to overpass often wrong perceptions that impede normal political, economical and societal relations between the two countries.

The AIIS project was innovative because it also aimed at measuring perceptions on both sides and it was not limited at state level. Perceptions were measured through media coverage, both the Albanian and Serbian one, interviews with representatives of academia, civil society and journalists of both countries and an analysis of publications and research on the subject. There are three subjects that this project monitored: The political Realm, Economic and trade relations and Societal relationships and impressions. Through this initiative AIIS attempted to raise awareness about the role of Albania and Serbia in the regional arena and to advocate for the need of improved relations between the two countries in order to overpass perceptions of enmities and hatred and to leave behind a negative historical legacy that is still defining their relations. 

Monitoring regional cooperation

This regional project supported by Friedrich Ebert Stiftung, aimed at investigating the current state of affairs of institutionalized regional cooperation in 6 fields. Research and interviews were conducted by AIIS to compile a policy paper on ways to improve regional cooperation in South Eastern Europe and contribute to the region's European integration advancement. The project team conducted desk research, analysed legislative documents, carried out semi structured and regular interviews and wrote a country report on the topic, which was part of a regional report. 

Albania’s Relationship with Neighbors: the current account and the prospects for the future

A two years project aims to debate the Albania’s current relationship with neighboring countries: Serbia, Montenegro, Kosova, FYROM Macedonia, Greece and Italy. Further the AIIS and its regional partners will provide Research report/ policy papers on security foreign policy trade and economics issues between Albania and its neighbors.

“One Year After NATO Membership: The Domestic and Foreign Policy Balance Sheets”

Albania’s NATO accession in April 2009 was undeniably a historical event, considering that Albania is a former Warsaw Pact country and saw one of the harshest, most isolationist rules in the world during the Cold War period. In fact, NATO accession in 2009 saw much government mobilization to celebrate what symbolizes Albania’s definite orientation towards integrationist trends. The second part of the conference was devoted to debate the effects on NATO enlargement in the Balkans from the security and stability perspectives.

Albania-Kosova Relations: Centrality of Economics

The purpose of the research and conference in Tirana was to debate the current relationship between Albania and Kosova on the economic realm and provide recommendations for relevant institutions in both states.

Desecuritization through Integration: A State Functionality Perspective

The security landscape of the Western Balkans has been significantly altered by the emergence of the new state of Kosovo, NATO expansion, as well as developments within the Stabilisation and Association framework the region is in. The link between integration processes (in the domestic, regional and European level), state functionality and desecuritisation of the region’s states and societies is clear. The context that spurred international actor focus on state building, accompanied by an international security and peace-keeping presence in the region, has now changed however. The global economic crisis is far from being a negligible factor too. The effects of the crisis have begun to be felt in the region later than in other parts of the world. Economic downfall is a known factor in security concerns however. The effects of the world economic crisis in state functionality can no longer be ignored in the regional security and development analysis.

Desecuritization and resecuritization of Western Balkan inter/intrastate relations

Participants came from a wide range of fields and consisted of many internally, regionally and locally well-known experts and practitioners. Local participants were representatives of lawmakers and government, political parties, international organizations and diplomatic bodies, non-profit organizations and academic institutions. In the event were presented the achievements and challenges of NATO in its 60th anniversary.