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Conference: Albania 25 years after communism, Rebuilding state and society, (AIIS). Tirana, November 2015

Albanian Institute for International Studies (AIIS) Albania 25 years after communism, Rebuilding state and society Call for Academic Papers A quarter of a century ago, Albanians rose to overthrow a brutal dictatorship under the slogan “We want Albania to be like the rest of Europe!” A quarter of a century later, Albania has barely managed to gain the official EU candidate status after long and repetitive attempts. One could argue that despite recent progress, Albania remains one of the laggards of EU integration and of transition in general. The challenges of building a full democracy, a functional market economy and of achieving the major milestone of becoming an EU member state remain difficult for the country and pace of progress uneven. The 25th anniversary of the European dream of Albania constitutes an important moment of reflection regarding the status of the European project in Albania and the ways in which to further it. It is in the contexts of this critical juncture that AIIS proposes to engage the academic community, political decision makers, civil society representatives, the media and the opinion makers in an overall analysis of what has happened and what needs to happen still to complete the path of Europeanization. It is equally important to contextualize the case of Albania with the developments of transition, post communist state development as well as European integration progress in the region, as well as bring in relevant comparisons from countries in Eastern and Central Europe. Therefore, the Albanian Institute for International Studies (AIIS) calls upon all interested scholars experts, and analysts to contribute with their research and academic papers to the theoretical and practical examination of the transition and European integration dynamics of Albania in particular but also of the Western Balkans and the wider Central and Eastern Europe. Suggested topics (non exhaustive list) -State building in post communist Albania -Market economy challenges during transition -State-society relations and modernization of social relations -Post communist transition and European integration -Comparative post communist experiences from the Balkans and Central -Eastern Europe -Dealing with the past in Albania: lustration and internal reconciliation -Regional reconciliation and the dynamics of regional cooperation -Challenges of Foreign policy in transition - Progress on human rights in Albania: balance of 25 years Selected papers will be presented in an international academic conference in Tirana in November of 2015. All expenses related to the participation of speakers shall be met by organizers. All selected papers will be published by AIIS in a bilingual volume ( Albanian and English) right before the conference in November of 2015 and the publication will be distributed during the event. Deadlines: -Abstract should be sent by March 29, 2015. -First draft should be sent by August 1, 2015. -Final paper: September 30, 2015 Please send all relevant documents and inquiries to