Policy Papers

Preparing for accession negotiations: What role for Civil Society Organizations in Albania?

Author: megi / Date: 24-11-2015

In the frame of the TRAIN (Think Tanks Providing Research and Advice through Interaction and Networking) program, provided by the German Council on Foreign Relations, Dritan Sulçebe, Researcher at AIIS, published his Policy Brief: “Preparing for accession negotiations: What role for Civil Society Organizations in Albania?”.

Beyond numbers: Participations of women in Albania's security sector

Author: admin / Date: 10-03-2015

Published in October 2014, this policy brief looked at what has been done so far to promote women in the security sector in Albania and offer recommendations on further improvements and steps. As the title suggests it focused not only on numbers/quotas as a means to promote women participation in this sector. More importantly, it focused on offering policy recommendations that tackle deeper issues related to inclusion and promotion.

The European Perspective of Albania: Perceptions and Realities 2014

Author: megi / Date: 10-03-2015

In the 2014 edition of The European Perspective of Albania: Perceptions and Realities, focused on several dimensions and elements of the EU integration process. Firstly, the survey measured the support and importance of the EU in the eyes of Albanian citizens, revealing the unchanging trends in terms of high support and the important place the process occupies. The report continues with an analysis of the readiness of the country to join the European Union versus the need to accept Albania in the EU even before it is ready.

The necessary return of ideology: Political parties and ideological profile in Albania

Author: megi / Date: 20-02-2015

The necessary return of ideology: Political parties and ideological profile in Albania

Enfrid Islami

This paper introduces the reader with a short background of political parties in Albania, while focusing on the period after 1991, with the emergence of the multiparty system in the country. The paper aims at providing readers with a profile of political parties in Albania during the 2013 electoral campaign, the hot issues discussed during the campaign, as well as the position of main parties on each of these issues. This paper also aims at emphasizing the role of ideology in Albanian politics at the moment, as well as analyzes the evolution of ideology into an important mechanism for Albanian political parties during electoral campaigns throughout the years. 

The European Perspective of Albania: Perceptions and Realities 2013

Author: megi / Date: 19-02-2015

In the 2013 edition of the European Perspective of Albania: Perceptions and Realities, the focus was perceptions from citizens on potential effects of integration on the overall economic situation of the country, on the benefits and cost that Albanian business might see during this process and after accession as well as one some more specific issues such as privileged sectors to benefit from integration/accession according to public perception and attitude towards the euro currency. This section theme was chosen for two reasons.

European Perspective of Albania: Perceptions and Realities Series

Author: megi / Date: 19-02-2015

Perceptions and Realities Series
AIIS, Tirana, 2002 - 2014

The European Perspective of Albania: Perceptions and Realities is a long-term project that started in 2002. Since then, AIIS has assessed annually the Albanians’ perceptions and level of knowledge on European Union and European integration process. The research results have given us over time the possibility to formulate recommendations, to enhance public awareness and to reduce the misperceptions and false expectations on the Albanian membership in the European Union. 

Albania Twenty Years After: People and Democracy

Author: megi / Date: 19-02-2015

Albania Twenty Years After: People and Democracy
AIIS

The People on State and Democracy study is one of the components of the Twenty Years After: Rethinking Democracy and State in Albania, a project the Albanian Institute for International Studies, implemented in the period April 2010 - April 2011 in cooperation with the Albania Media Institute, the Friedrich Ebert Foundation and The Balkan Trust for Democracy.

Albania and NATO: Why do we need NATO?

Author: megi / Date: 19-02-2015

Albania and NATO: Why do we need NATO?
AIIS

The study assesses the level of expertise of four elite groups (public administration, civil society, media and military forces, on the NATO integration process. Because these groups, be their very nature, play a primary role in shaping the attitudes and beliefs of the public as a whole, the study aims to gain a sense of what the public as a whole thinks of these issues. 

Blood Feud as a Security Threat: Rethinking the Institutional Approach

Author: megi / Date: 19-02-2015

Blood Feud as a Security Threat: Rethinking the Institutional Approach
AIIS

The report analyzes in detail the blood feud practice in Shkodra district, and seeks to represent the response of state institutions to the blood feud, focusing on the activities and performances of the law enforcement agencies: police, public prosecutor and the courts. 

Strengthening Internal Party Democracy in Albania

Author: megi / Date: 19-02-2015

Strengthening Internal Party Democracy in Albania
AIIS

The paper gives an account of political history and heritage in Albania and continues with the legislative framework and an overview of the research concept of IPD. The analysis focuses on the main IPD dimensions as expressed in the parties’ statutes on one hand, and as implemented in reality, on the other, based on historical evidence, theoretical frameworks and the perceptions of party members and independent experts. 

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