CfP: Albanian-American Relations in the Twenty-First Century, Tirana, 21 March 2011
- Call for Contributions
Albanian American Relations in the Twenty-First Century:
Strengthening and deepening the strategic partnership
The Albanian Institute for
International Studies calls for papers to be presented at a conference on the
USA-Albania relations to be held in Tirana on March 21, 2011. All interested Albanian and
foreign researchers are encouraged to submit a half page abstract to Dorarta
Hyseni at dhyseni@...
by February 15th, 2011.
March 15th, 2011
will mark the 20th anniversary of the reestablishment of diplomatic
relations between Albania and the United States of America, which put an end to
five decades of isolation, alienation and political animosity toward the US and
all Western World.
The immediate, complete cut in
diplomatic relations was harbinger of the absurd, extreme isolation that ensued
for nearly half a century. Through terror, fear and large scale propaganda the
communist regime tried to cultivate deep animosity towards the USA in the
Albanian society. Nevertheless, the people of Albania preserved their affinity
and respect for the United States as a land of freedom and as a national ally
in the country’s most critical periods in modern history. They never lost hope
that allies, which in their perceptions and dreams were embodied by the US,
would one day arrive in Albania.
The re-establishment of diplomatic
relations between the two countries in March 1991 constitutes an important
historical event as it notes the first critical step in Albania’s break from
the communist isolation. From a historical perspective, the reestablishment of
diplomatic relations brought back a strategic national ally that had given an
essential contribution towards the very existence of the Albanian state and its
territorial integrity. Once again in 1991, the reestablishment of relations was
achieved at very critical times for the Albanian national security, given the
context of bloody conflicts that followed the disintegration of Yugoslav
In these twenty years, the
United States has played an extraordinary and irreplaceable role in Albania’s
democratization. The democratic developments of the early nineties, as well as
the following continued efforts for the consolidation of democracy, market
economy and social modernization have cherished the direct support, inspiration
and assistance of all respective US administrations.
The accession of Albania in
NATO in 2009, which is undoubtedly the most historical event for Albania since
the fall of the communist regime, also largely owes to US efforts and
In parallel fashion, via
support for Albania’s democratization, the development of the market economy
and the modernization of society, the United States continue to contribute
towards Albania’s preparation for EU membership.
Another important dimension in
Albania-USA relations has to do with the irreplaceable contribution of the
United States of America towards regional security in the Balkans. The USA
played a critical role in the termination of ethnic wars as well as the
establishment of peace and independence for Kosovo.
anniversary of the reestablishment of the Albania-USA diplomatic relations is
not only a case for celebration but also a moment to reconsider the state of
this special relationship and the prospects for the future.
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