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          • Year: 2013
          • Albania and Serbia: Perceptions and Reality

          • The aim of this paper is to contribute to the development and sustainability of relations between Albania and Serbia, by shedding light on current relations in the political, economic and cultural realms and potentials for future improvements.

        • The authors in this paper wanted to overpass often wrong perceptions that impede normal political, economic and cultural relations between Albania and Serbia.They say that although this two countries are two important actors in the Balkans, their cooperation has been superficial. In their opinion Albania and Serbia have made significant attempts to develop bilateral relations over the last decade. Politically, dialogue between both states is present, and occasionally official state visits between their respective parties have occurred; while in economic terms, trade and investment have witnessed a slow, but positive trend. Now, more than ten years after the end of the Kosovo War, and five years after Kosovo’s declaration of independence, Albania and Serbia are still far from the normal constructive relations that should exist between two states located in the same region and this is greatly influenced by the negative historical legacy, agree the authors.

          The paper is divided into five parts. The subject of the first part is the historical background of relations between Albania and Serbia during the past twenty years. The second part is dedicated to the methodology adopted for the study. The third chapter deals with quantitative findings from media monitoring in both Albania and Serbia, and the fourth chapter focuses on qualitative findings retrieved from interviews both in Tirana and Belgrade. Finally the paper ends with respective conclusions and recommendations that might serve to the future improvement of relations and, subsequently, perceptions on both sides.

          This publication is a result of the cooperation between Belgrade Centre for Security Policy and Albanian Institute for International Studies. It was co-authored by Filip Ejdus, member of the BCSP Executive Board and Assistant Professor at the Faculty of Political Sciences/University of Belgrade and Andi Balla and Megi Llubani from Albanian Institute for International Studies.

        • Tags: Serbia, Albania, regional cooperation, regional security cooperation, Filip Ejdus
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